Suspect in Linden drive-by shooting found shot to death minutes later

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The suspect in a drive-by shooting that injured a woman in the Linden area was found shot to death minutes later.

According to the Columbus Division of Police, at about 8:09pm, Wednesday, officers were called to the 1000 block of E. 21st Avenue on the report of a drive-by shooting.

Witnesses told police that several shots had been fired into and around a home in the area, and that a woman at the residence had been struck by the gunfire.

When medics arrived on scene they found the 37-year-old injured woman and transported her to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Police say the woman is expected to survive her injuries.

Minutes later, police say they received another call asking officers to respond to a crash just a block from the shooting, where a vehicle had collided with a house.

When officers arrived on scene, they found the vehicle’s drive Deshaun Malik Coffman, 29, suffering from several gunshot wounds. Coffman was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, Coffman was the suspect in the drive-by shooting that injured the female, and an unknown person had returned fire at Coffman’s vehicle, fatally striking him. 

Police continue to investigate the shooting and ask anyone with information to call the Columbus Police Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477

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