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Report: Columbus Police Fired 194 Times At Suspects
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Columbus police officers fired almost 200 rounds at an armed homicide suspect and his girlfriend last May killing them. The shootout is detailed in a newly released report.
Along with the more than 700-page report, Columbus police released dash-cam video of the shootout.
Police began following the suspectâ€™s SUV early on the morning of May 15 and tried to pull it over. Instead, the cruiserâ€™s windshield was shattered by gunfire. Officers returned fire while in pursuit. Sociologist and former police officer David Klinger says officers were justified in their actions.
â€œIf someone is trying to kill you or kill someone else, you have the right as a police officer to use deadly force to stop that threat, no matter if youâ€™re standing still, if youâ€™re moving, if youâ€™re running, whatever the case might be,â€ Klinger says.
The SUV crashed on North High Street in Clintonville and a gun battle ensued. The report says five officers fired a total of 194 bullets.
â€œ194 rounds in a shootout is a lot of rounds but itâ€™s certainly not unheard of,â€ Klinger says.
The suspects, 24-year-old Emmanuel Gatewood and 21-year-old Kourtney Hahn, were killed. Hahn, who was in the driver’s seat, was hit 17 times.
Police say two handguns were found in their SUV.