COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Columbus Police Officers shot a man who they said ‘rapidly advanced’ on them with a baseball bat after a domestic dispute in the North Linden neighborhood.
According to Columbus police spokesperson Sgt. Rich Weiner, officers were sent to the 3200 block of Medina Avenue around 2:25am, after a woman inside called 911. Police said dispatchers could hear screaming between a man and woman.
Police said the argument went outside, where it became a physical fight, Weiner said. The man was reportedly on top of the woman at one point, hitting the woman. Another man, who police said also lived at the house with the male suspect and the woman, tried to intervene.
By the time officers arrived, Weiner said, the suspect was gone.
While officers were talking with the woman, they heard loud bangs from the side of the house. Witnesses told police they thought it sounded like fireworks or gunshots. At that point, the suspect was back, this time with a baseball bat, according to Weiner.
Weiner said the suspect ‘rapidly advanced’ toward one of the officers with the bat. After ignoring multiple commands to stop, two officers fired multiple shots, hitting the suspect, Jamison Edgerley, 29.
Jackie Morris, a neighbor, said her husband first heard noises outside their house about 3am.
“He thought he heard what he thought was fireworks and then when he went and looked out the bedroom window, he realized it was not fireworks,” Morris said.
She described “a massive amount” of police vehicles on the street.
“I felt bad that it had to turn into this,” Morris said.
Another neighbor, Shannon Robey, said the people involved in this incident were new to the neighborhood.
“The poor girl,” Robey said. “I felt bad for the girl when I saw her. She was pretty disheveled.”
She said she saw the suspect fall to the ground after he was shot by officers.
“It sounded like a girl screaming and crying,” Robey said. “It sounded like fireworks when the guns went off.”
Edgerley was taken to Grant Medical Center, where he was listed as stable. Police said he will be charged with domestic violence and assault when he is released from the hospital. He also had an active felony warrant for receiving stolen property. Weiner said there were additional charges pending further investigation.
This is the 10th officer-involved shooting in Columbus in 2016. Weiner said four of those incidents ended with the suspect being killed, while one ended with the death of a police officer. Weiner said using deadly force is the last resort for an officer.
“So many other times we’re able to de-escalate, we’re able to disarm without using deadly force,” Weiner said. “But in the most critical of circumstances, sometimes that happens.”
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