Man Killed, Officer Injured In Shooting


UPDATED: Monday December 22, 2008 8:12 AM

Police said an officer was injured and a man was killed during a shooting Saturday night on the city's north side.

Two Officers responded to a report of shots being fired near Weber and McGuffey roads, located between North Broadway and Hudson streets, at about 9:20 p.m., 10TV's Andy Hirsch reported.

When the officers arrived, they confronted three men. At least one of the men pulled out a gun and shot Officer Ryan Chrysler.

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"There was gunfire exchanged between the officers and one of the suspects," said Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner. "It's a chaotic scene."

Both officers returned fire and struck the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Chrysler was transported to The Ohio State University Medical Center in serious but stable condition. He was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon.

"It's probably the hardest thing an officer can do is respond and see your friend, someone that you talk to off-duty, that you trust with your life and you see that they've been shot," Weiner said.

Witnesses told police that the other suspects ran into a house on Weber Road. SWAT officers responded and three adults and four juveniles were taken into custody for questioning at about 11 p.m., according to police.

Investigators determined that the occupants of the house were not connected to the shooting.

Mayor Michael Coleman was at the hospital to offer his support, ONN's Denise Alex reported.

"He's going to be OK," Coleman said. "We're grateful for his service. He's a very brave young man."

In Dec. 2007, Chrysler's cruiser was struck by a drunken driver who was traveling the wrong direction on Interstate 71

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