UPDATE: CPD will hold a press conference at 6 p.m., which can be viewed here.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The Columbus Division of Police identified the man who was in an early morning shootout Thursday with officers in Merion Village.
Raymond Hampton, 26, allegedly fired shots in the Tee Jaye’s Country Place parking lot at the corner of Parsons and Frebis Avenue. Police responded at about 5:15 a.m. and said the man began firing at the officers before he was shot by one, according to a police press release.
Medics treated Hampton, who suffered unspecified injuries before he was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition. Hampton is in stable condition as of Thursday evening, according to police.
It was initially reported that both Hampton and an officer were injured, but police later said no officers were harmed.
Brian Steel, the executive vice president of Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge #9, posted on social media that he was “thankful the officer is ok & returning to his family after his shift. The suspect is being treated at the hospital and I pray for his speedy recovery.”
Steel said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was responding to the scene. The bureau usually takes the lead in investigating shootings involving Columbus police, per an agreement between the agencies.