Columbus police officer shot in face; 3 people briefly in custody

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio's capital say an officer conducting surveillance of a vehicle is stable in a hospital after being shot in the face.

Columbus police identified the officer Friday as 11-year department member William Frease.

Police say Frease notified a dispatcher around 10:45 p.m. Thursday that he'd been shot and provided a description of the vehicle in which suspects fled.


Police in suburban Whitehall stopped the vehicle about 25 minutes later and took three people into custody. They have since been released while investigators try to determine who shot Frease.

Acting Columbus Police Chief Tim Becker said Friday afternoon that Frease was struck by a shot that went through the rear driver's side window of his unmarked car.

Police say a firearm was found in the vehicle.

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