Police continued to investigate the deadly shooting of a man who family said was under the influence of drugs when he held his girlfriend hostage on Wednesday morning.
SWAT officers shot and killed Kevin Boozer, who police said held his girlfriend at knifepoint in a southwest side home, located along the 5000 block of Chanwick Drive, 10TV’s Shayla Reaves reported.
Police said that they heard the woman pleading for her life inside the home. SWAT officers moved in to remove her from the home.
“You’ve got a male there, holding a knife to the throat of a female,” Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner said. “They’ve already heard her pleading not to hurt her anymore. It was at that point when he shot.”
Boozer was shot three times in the head and shoulders, police said. The officer involved in the shooting was identified as Officer Glenn Thivener, a 24-year-veteran assigned to SWAT.
Family members said that Boozer, 28, was high on bath salts during the incident.
“He was delusional,” sister Pamela Boozer said. “He was busting out windows. He was threatening to hit people.”
Investigators said that the coroner would have to decide if drugs were involved.
Kevin Boozer had a history of domestic violence. He and his girlfriend planned to marry at the end of the month. His girlfriend was recovering at Mount Carmel West Hospital, Reaves reported.
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