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Ohio police officer fatally shoots prostitute who stabbed him inside his car


Bethany Bruner
The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio

Stabbed in the hand as he was attempting to make a prostitution arrest Wednesday morning, an undercover Columbus police officer grabbed his gun and fatally shot the woman inside his car in Franklinton.

The incident occurred around 11:35 a.m. in an apartment building parking lot near the intersection of Bellows and South Yale avenues and was relayed to dispatch as an officer-in-trouble call.

The undercover officer had a severe wound to his hand, requiring a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, said police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner. The officer, a 30-year veteran who has not yet been identified, was taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, where he underwent surgery. He is in stable condition, Weiner said.

The woman, who is not expected to be identified until Friday so police can notify family, was shot multiple times, Weiner said. She was later pronounced dead at Grant Medical Center.

Weiner said the undercover officer had picked up the woman at another location while working prostitution complaints in the area. It was not immediately known why the unmarked police vehicle ended up at the parking lot where the incident occurred.

The undercover officer had attempted to place the woman under arrest when the altercation ensued, resulting in the officer being stabbed and the shots being fired, he said.

Weiner said a witness saw the officer and the woman in the vehicle and again later after the altercation and shooting had occurred.

The altercation, stabbing and shooting all happened within “very close quarters” in the vehicle.

A knife was recovered at the scene and was collected as evidence.

“We’re not talking a box cutter, we’re talking a knife,” Weiner said.




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