Columbus Police Rule Officer-Involved Shootings Were Justified


Officials say that two separate officer-involved shootings in January of 2012 were both justified.

The Firearms/Police-Involved Death Review Board released their decisions on Thursday.

The first shooting occurred on Jan. 4, 2012, when two bike patrol officers heard shots fired in an alley near Mt. Vernon Avenue and Burt Street. One of the two suspects was shot as police tried to take him into custody.

The board ruled that the actions of Officer Thomas Pellagrini were justified.

The second incident occurred on Jan. 6, 2012, when undercover officers observed a suspect allegedly stealing a catalytic converter from a vehicle on E. 14th Avenue. After an officer was struck by the suspect's vehicle, two officers fired their weapons, killing Michael Patrick Kelly.

Officers Christopher Britt and Robin Medley's actions were also found to be within the department's policy.

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