Officers Take Shooting Suspect Into Custody After 4-Hour Long Standoff
Police identified a man accused in connection with an overnight shooting Monday.
Police took Vincent Eldridge into custody after a standoff with SWAT officers spanning more than four hours. Authorities said that once inside, they found Eldridge on a couch claiming to be asleep.
SWAT officers responded to the Terrace Avenue shooting scene after a man transported himself to Mount Carmel West Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg around 2 a.m. The man was later identified as 29-year-old Douglas Spettel.
Columbus Police set up a perimeter and blocked off Terrace and Broad streets around 4 a.m. Olive and Palmetto streets were also blocked off during the standoff.
Authorities eventually took three men and three women into custody from inside the home. All six were being questioned.
According to police, Eldridge entered the home trying to find a woman who he said owed him money. Unable to find her, he allegedly shot Spettel in the leg. Several other people were inside the home at the time of the shooting, and Eldridge allegedly threatened to kill anyone who attempted to leave.
Eldridge, 40, was charged with felonious assault in connection with the shooting. Sources confirmed that a gun inside the home was believed to be connected to the shooting victim's injuries.
Residents living near the shooting scene were asked to remain inside their homes as a precaution during the incident.
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