City leaders address 7 officer-involved shootings this year in Columbus


COLUMBUS, Ohio — So far this year, Columbus police are investigating seven officer-involved shootings.

They have happened in different neighborhoods across the city, with three of the suspects killed and four injured.

Wednesday’s shooting happened on Burnaby Drive on the city’s east side. Police say they were called because a neighbor saw a suspicious person in another home. When officers arrived, they found a woman upstairs.

Police say the woman pulled a gun and an officer shot her.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther spoke with 10TV about the recent shootings. He said he is working with Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan and the division to review these situations.

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"I met with him earlier today to work with the division to review each of these situations to see what we can learn from them and how we can, on our end of things, improve our training moving forward to make sure we are doing everything we can within reason to deescalate," he said.

Because the shootings are still under investigation, Quinlan could not get into specifics, but says he and his department are taking a close look at each one of these incidents.

“Look at patterns over time and see what was done in each individual case, and was there any common thread that maybe created a condition?” he said.​

Quinlan says while they will investigate each officer's action, he says it also speaks to how brazen the suspects are.

“If they are willing to shoot someone and end someone's life that they know, why would they have any fear of confronting a police officer or another member of the public?” Quinlan responded.

"These are dangerous, serious situations and when people pull firearms on neighbors or police officers, there are going to be some dangerous situations, and sometimes dire consequences," Ginther said.

Quinlan admits that mentality impacts his officers.

“It is a concern of ours and something that officers have in the back of their mind every day when they go to work, it matters,” Quinlan said.

"Our officers are putting their lives on the line every day. Every call for service, they have no idea what they are walking into and the situation they are coming into. These instances were calls for services that our officers responded to very quickly. Dangerous situations and they did everything they could and we are looking at it to learn everything can," Ginther said.

Watch Lacey Crisp's one-on-one with Mayor Ginther: