PATASKALA, Ohio (WCMH) — One child is dead and a person is in custody following an active shooter barricade situation in Pataskala Saturday.
Pataskala Mayor Mike Compton confirmed that the person killed in the situation was a child, but did not offer an age or any other information.
According to Pataskala Deputy Chief of Police Michael Boals, officers were dispatched to a home on Haystack Avenue just after 11 a.m. for a shooting victim.
When officers arrived, they were able to get the victim, who later died, out of the home.
Boals said this led to a family member, who was later taken into custody, becoming distraught, “putting themselves in a bad situation as well.”
With help from the Licking County Sheriff’s Office and hostage negotiators with SWAT, officers were able to get the family member out of the home without further incident, Boals said.
“The family member was distraught,” Boals said. “I will say he was suicidal. And we were able to get that taken care of without further incident.”
One person was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Authorities have not yet released any information on the victim or the suspect.
The distraught family member has been taken into custody and transported to the Licking County Jail.
The investigation is ongoing.
“Lot of investigating to do to get the rest of this figured out and that’s what we need to focus on at this point,” Boals said.
The Pataskala Police Department released the following statement on Facebook on Sunday:
“As many of you have read in local media outlets, we had a very tragic event take place in our city yesterday. While, we can not discuss the details of the incident in depth at this point. What we can discuss is the tremendous team work that went into resolving the incident. The sacrifice that so many made yesterday was astounding. So many of us put ourselves in harms way in an attempt to save a life, which we did, each and everyone one of us would do it again if called upon today. Know, you had some of the finest men and women protecting your community yesterday. Today, please know that we all will grieve and recover in our own way. If you happen to see one of your local hero’s today, thank them. The three agencies that came together are some of the best in the area, you as a community should be proud. Thank you to the West Licking Joint Fire District and The Licking County Sherrifs Office. Yesterday we were ONE.”
Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp praised officers and other first responders for their actions during the incident.
“I want to commend the officers, deputies, and EMS who responded and performed brilliantly during a tragic and stressful situation. Pataskala Officers, Licking County Sheriffs Deputies and West Licking Fire EMS saw things and were in situations none of us hope to ever experience. Our county is fortunate to have these individuals who answer the call. While the investigation into this tragedy continues, we offer our heartfelt condolences and prayers for this tragic loss of life,” Thorp wrote on Facebook.