Police ID 3 Officers Shot During Pursuit


UPDATED: Wednesday May 4, 2011 12:48 PM

Columbus police on Monday released the identities of three officers who were shot while pursuing a man a suspected of killing four people in Adams County.

The officers were shot while chasing Randle Roberts in the 1900 block of Genessee Avenue, 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.

The officers who were wounded were identified as Officer John Sullivan, a 23-year member of the police force; Sgt. Robert Forsythe, a 21-year member of the force and Sgt. Tyron Hollis, a 23-year member of the force.

All three officers were assigned to the patrol division, a police spokesman said.

Forsythe and Hollis are both recovering at home.

SLIDESHOW: Police Shooting

Sullivan remains hospitalized at The Ohio State University Medical Center, where he is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

Sullivan was the first officer struck by a bullet when Roberts began to fire, Landers reported.

"There's no doubt in my mind he was out to kill police officers," said Jim Gilbert, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge. "Officer Sullivan was shot in the ear; he cheated death."

All three officers were shot by Roberts, 27, before he was fatally shot. 

Family members said that Roberts was staying with relatives in southwest Ohio, but on Friday night he shot and killed four of them, among them his father-in-law, two sisters-in-law, and his 11-year-old niece, the Adams County Sheriff's Office said.

It was not clear what led up to the slayings.  An 8-year-old girl who lived in the home where the shootings occurred was not hurt.

Authorities in Columbus were notified of the killings on Saturday and told that Roberts may be in Columbus. 

Officers were  investigating a report of someone firing gunshots at houses in the Linden neighborhood late Saturday morning when they spotted a pickup that Roberts was driving.

There was a pursuit and Roberts fled on foot after crashing the pickup near Genessee Avenue. 

Roberts was also connected to thefts in Franklin and Delaware counties.

Franklin County Sheriff's deputies and Mifflin Township Police were also involved in the shootout.

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