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Suspect shot by police in Marion still in critical condition

MARION, OH (WCMH) - Police say a man remains in critical condition, two days after he was shot by police in Marion.

According to the Marion Police Department, at approximately 4:46pm Tuesday, Marion police officers responded to Bain Avenue between S. High and S. State Streets on the report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a female gunshot victim who had been shot several times while sitting inside of a vehicle. The victim was taken to an area hospital, where she was treated and released.

Police investigators say that they received information indicating that the suspect of that shooting was an estranged boyfriend of the victim, Matthew Lust, 33, of Bucyrus. Police were alerted that Lust may be headed to an address in the 500 block of Patterson Street with the intention of causing harm to someone at that location.

Marion police officer Joseph McDonald and Marion County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Christy Utley responded to that location.

Police say that when they arrived at the address on Patterson Street, they encountered a man that matched the description of Matthew Lust. In the initial interaction with law enforcement, Lust presented a firearm which resulted in an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and both law enforcement officers.

Lust was struck and wounded in that exchange. 

Lust was transported to Marion General Hospital and then transferred to a Columbus area medical facility via MedFlight. Lust has undergone multiple surgeries and remains in critical condition.

Lust has been charged with attempted murder and two counts of felonious assault.


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