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Police Identify Bystander Shot By Officers, Offer Apology
Columbus Police say they have apologized to the woman who was accidentally shot by officers over the weekend.
Police say 29-year-old Heather Garrett was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Columbus resident was walking near the intersection of Neil Ave. and Vine St. in the Arena District early Saturday when Officers Ryan Steele and Jesse Perkins opened fire on Dennis Weigand after he reportedly tried to ram officers with his car.
Columbus Police Sergeant Rich Weiner says an investigation is ongoing, but it appears that Garrett was hit after a bullet that ricocheted off something nearby.
Weiner called the shooting “a cost of doing business.”
“This is a very horrible consequence that happened,” Weiner told reporters Monday afternoon.
“And you know what? Thereâ€™s nothing that we can do to take it back. I can guarantee you that this is not only life changing for Ms. Garrett and the suspect, but this is going to affect the officers, as well,” Weiner said.
Garrett remains in the OSU Medical Center, and Weiner says sheâ€™s expected to make a full recovery. Weiner says police at this point have given zero thought to any potential civil liability in the shooting.