Columbus Police Union Chief: No Second-Guessing For Officers

Ohio Fraternal Order of Police(Photo: Ohio Fraternal Order of Police)
Ohio Fraternal Order of Police(Photo: Ohio Fraternal Order of Police)

The head of the Columbus police union says officers can’t let a rash of police-involved shootings change how they respond to emergency calls.

Columbus police were already on their way to approaching a record number of shootings this year when they fatally shot a man Tuesday who had reported a break-in at his apartment.

Columbus FOP President Jim Gilbert says the suspect had a gun in his hand when officers arrived, but he couldn’t say where the gun came from or what happened.

Gilbert says the early Friday movie theater shooting in Colorado that killed 12 illustrates the importance of officers feeling they can move quickly in dangerous situations.

He says no one would want officers second-guessing what to do in a similar situation in Columbus.

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