One dead in officer-involved shooting at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville

Ohio

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) — One person is dead Monday after a shooting involving multiple police and security officers in the emergency department of St. Ann’s Hospital.

According to Westerville and Columbus police officials, police responded to a call of a man passed out in his vehicle. They requested medics, and the man was taken to St. Ann’s emergency room, with the officers accompanying him.

Officers learned that the man had domestic violence warrants out in his name, as well as a weapons under disability warrant in Franklin County.

It is unknown at what point or how the man became armed, but the shooting involved multiple rounds, with Columbus police, Westerville police, and St. Ann’s security present. Police said it was personnel from St. Ann’s and Columbus police who fired their weapons.

None of the six officers involved was injured, but the suspect was. Emergency room staff did attempt to resuscitate the shooting victim, but were unsuccessful, Westerville City Police Department Chief Charles Chandler said.

The suspect later died of his injuries.

“Just let the community know this is another example of this type of thing could happen anywhere,” said Westerville City Police Department Chief Charles Chandler. “Right now, all innocent folks, there was no one else in the emergency room that was injured, no other serious injuries except for the suspect.”

In a joint statement issued just after 6 p.m., Chandler said a second gun was recovered at the scene.

The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to the scene, as it typically takes the lead in officer-involved shootings.

In a statement, Ohio Attorney General David Yost, whose office oversees BCI, issued the following statement Monday night:

“At the request of the Westerville Division of Police, BCI will conduct a complete and expert investigation into the incident that occurred this afternoon.

In the early hours of this investigation, it is not clear what occurred. I appeal to everyone to let us gather the facts and complete the record. That cannot happen overnight. An investigation like this takes an average of 400 hours. 

We will find the truth, and we will fully reveal it.”

Ohio Attorney General David Yost

Yost said later Monday that the investigation BCI will be conducting takes an average of 400 hours.

St. Ann’s is part of the Mount Carmel Health System. It is in Westerville but borders on Columbus and its security officers are licensed by the state to carry arms.

The hospital remains open for visitors and patients.

The full joint statement read by Chandler is below:

Law enforcement is investigating a police-involved shooting at the Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Emergency Department at around 2:15 p.m. today. The scene is secure and safe. No officers, hospital staff or physicians were injured.

Westerville paramedics transported the suspect to Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Emergency Department this morning after he was found with a medical issue. 

The suspect was found to have active felony warrants through the Columbus Division of Police (CPD). Westerville police initiated a transfer of custody. 

During the transfer of custody, an altercation ensued which resulted in the discharge of firearms from CPD and St. Ann’s security officers. Emergency room staff immediately attempted resuscitation. The suspect was pronounced at the scene.

An additional firearm was recovered at the scene. 

The Ohio Attorney General Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) is leading the investigation into the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.

Just down the street from the hospital, about two dozen people gathered Monday night, chanting, questioning what happened in the incident at the hospital, the Brooklyn Center shooting in Minnesota, and also calling for police reform.

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