Arrests made in shooting of two Columbus police officers

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Columbus Police say two of their own are in intensive care after they were shot serving a search warrant Thursday night. Two men have been charged with the shooting.

Police have charged two people in the shooting of two Columbus police officers. Officers John Gillis and Anthony Garrison were serving a search warrant Thursday night on East Rich Street when they were shot. 38-year-old Derrick L. Foster is charged with two counts each of felonious assault and attempted murder. Foster is a former Ohio State football player and works for the city of Columbus. 19-year-old Michael T. Gravely also is charged with two counts each of felonious assault and attempted murder.

Police spokesperson Amanda Ford says the officers’ colleagues have taken the shootings hard.

“Obviously they take it very hard when one of their officers are injured. They’re one big family. So they take it very hard. They’re very caring. They’re just being very supportive of the families right now,” Ford said.

Garrison and Gillis are 20-year veterans on the police force. The men were in the same recruit class in 1987 and joined the narcotics unit in 1995.

Gravely was charged with drug trafficking in February and July of last year. Court records indicate the charges were dropped. Foster is one of the city’s code enforcement supervisors who makes about $30 an hour.

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