Columbus police have released the names of the seven officers that opened fire during a shootout Wednesday morning in Clintonville.
The officers have a combined 52 years on the police department.
Their names are: Ty Stoneking, Daniel Wolf, Andrew Ross, Kyle Andrews, David Salsgiver, Patrick Daugherty and Craig Haller.
The officers’ efforts put an end to a terrifying morning that had bullets flying into homes, cars and businesses.
On Thursday, people in Clintonville are feeling free to walk the streets again.
Abgail Rhodebeck heard the gunfire from her home on Wednesday.
“When the sirens didn't stop, and I heard a lot of popping, I was concerned about what was going on,” said Rhodebeck.
A bullet hole near the drive-thru window at Caribou coffee on High Street left her favorite hangout closed for the day.
“This is my office. I needed it to be back,” said Rhodebeck.
The shattered window is now boarded up, the store is back open, and so is High Street.
The area that was a sea of crime tape on Wednesday is now flowing with traffic again. That means stores, like Groovy Spoon, can have customers again.
“We had a fundraiser planned for a school last night, so they are out of the money that they would have received for their fundraiser,” said manager Connie Thayer.
Thayer said that the shooting was unsettling to her young employees who had never had to drive around a crime scene before. She hopes Wednesday’s events will not deter people from shopping in the area in the future.
“We hope everybody remembers we are still here and aren't afraid to come back. It is a safe area. It's just something that was unfortunate that happened,” added Thayer.
Two people were killed and two officers suffered minor injuries in the shootout.
Columbus Police Sgt. Richard Weiner issued a news release Wednesday evening that identified the deceased man as Emanuel Gatewood. Police also confirmed the name of the woman who was killed as Kourtney Hahn.
Police said they tried to pull over the vehicle because Gatewood was a person of interest in an April 5 homicide on Howey Road.
Authorities said the vehicle fled from police, and officers were fired on from inside the SUV. It was forced to stop in Clintonville where the gun battle occurred.
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