Man Killed By Police Officer During Polaris Parkway Traffic Stop


A man was shot and killed by a Westerville police officer during a traffic stop on Polaris Parkway Monday morning.

Police say the officer pulled over a silver Ford Taurus on Polaris Parkway around 1:20 a.m. He made the stop due to a license plate light being out. The stop was initiated in Westerville but ended just over the border in Columbus.

Officers say there was a man and woman inside the vehicle.

Police say John Montgomery got out of the car and pointed a handgun at the officer.  That's when the officer fired at least one shot at Montgomery.

"One of the things we say in police work - there is no routine anything. This is a prime example. There are not routine stops, no routine calls. We're facing a more and more violent society as we progress," said Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer.

Westerville Police say Montgomery was taken to St. Ann's Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The officer involved in the shooting was not injured.  The woman in the car is being interviewed by investigators. She was not injured.

Both Columbus and Westerville Police are investigating the shooting. Westerville Police are also conducting their own internal investigation.

Polaris Parkway was closed between Orion Place and Olde Westerville Road while officers investigated. The road was reopened around 6:30 a.m.

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