Columbus officer involved in deadly shooting focus of criminal investigation

Columbus police officers on the scene of a deadly officer-involved shooting in the area of Bellows Avenue & South Yale Avenue on Aug. 23. (Credit: WBNS-TV)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The officer involved in a deadly shooting on Aug. 23 is also the subject of a criminal investigation according to a release from the Columbus Division of Police.

Police said officer Andrew Mitchell, a member of the Vice Unit who works undercover, shot 23-year-old Donna G. Castleberry after she stabbed his hand.

Castleberry was later pronounced dead.

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The Critical Incident Response Team is still investigating the shooting.

Police said Mitchell, who is a 30-year veteran of the Columbus Division of Police, will not return to duty until he is medically cleared and undergoes a mandatory psychological assessment.

On Aug. 31, the Columbus Division of Police said Mitchell is the focus of a criminal investigation.

Police said the investigation is a result of a citizen complaint filed earlier in August.

Neither the Division of Police or the Mayor's Office would expand on the nature of the investigation.

Police said investigators are determining if there is any connection between the allegations in the complaint and the shooting.

Mitchell will not resume any responsibilities with the Vice Unit until the Division of Police determines if he faces discipline or criminal charges.

Charges have not been filed against Mitchell.

Police said investigators will consult regularly with legal advisors and the appropriate prosecutor's office as both investigations move forward.