COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police fatally shot a murder suspect who was seen with a gun in his jacket before he ran from officers and was ordered to stop in a confrontation, authorities in Ohio’s capital said Friday.
Columbus police said officers caught up to the 20-year-old man late Friday morning behind a home in a neighborhood that abuts Interstate 270. They said the suspect, Jacquarius Robinson, was shot multiple times and died at the scene.
Police said a handgun was recovered. No officers were hurt.
Robinson was black. Police haven’t disclosed the race of any officers involved.
Robinson was suspected of fatally shooting a 21-year-old man, Damion Wade, overnight after an argument at an apartment about a mile from where Robinson was later confronted, police said.
SWAT officers tracked the suspect to the east side neighborhood, and a plain-clothes officer saw him transfer a gun from his waistband to his jacket, police said. A K-9 unit then tried to stop the suspect, who fled, said police.
Officers caught up to him in a yard and ordered him to stop, and witnesses reported hearing multiple shots at that point, police said. Investigators haven’t said whether more than one person fired a weapon at the scene.
Officials said it is the 14th police-involved shooting in Columbus this year.
It comes about two weeks after a white officer investigating a reported armed robbery fatally shot a 13-year-old boy in a case that has inflamed tensions over the safety of blacks in Ohio’s largest city.
Police say the boy, Tyre King, ran from investigators and pulled out a BB gun that looked like a real firearm. His family has called for an independent investigation and said witnesses have contradicted information from police.