The Columbus Police Officer who was wounded during a standoff over the weekend has been identified.
54-year-old Officer Steve Smith is a 27-year veteran of CPD who is currently in critical condition at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
According to NBC4i, Smith was manning a turret in a police armored vehicle during a standoff with 44-year-old arsonist Lincoln Rutledge when he was shot by what officers are calling a “one in a million” occurrence. Rutledge was taken into custody and sent to a hospital for treatment.
Smith has served as a patrol officer, aircrew, diver and sniper with the SWAT team.
No stranger to being wounded, Smith was injured during a shootout in a parking lot after a SWAT team cornered a murder suspect who had murdered his girlfriend and a shot a young boy. For his wounds, he was awarded a Blue Star and Distinguished Service Medal.
Due to wounding Smith, Rutledge is now charged with felonious assault in addition to the aggravated arson charge. He remains in the hospital and will be booked into the Franklin County jail upon discharge.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien has filed a motion asking Rutledge to be held without bond because of the circumstances surrounding the case.
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