Man arrested after firing shots at civilian, Sheriff's deputy

Scott Kimberling (Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBUS -- A 31-year-old man fired shots at a man and a sheriff’s deputy Saturday morning, according to a press release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Scott Kimberling, 31, was arrested about an hour after the initial incident in the area of Westland Mall. He has been charged with weapons under disability, aggravated robbery, and three counts of felonious assault.

At about 7:20 a.m. Saturday morning, FCSO deputies responded to a call of shots fired and aggravated robbery in the area of 4369 Leesburg Court.

According to the victim, who identified Kimberling on Monday, he said he saw a white male break into a vehicle parked in front of the home. The victim confronted the suspect, who fired shots at him, but missed.

When the deputy arrived, the suspect fired shots at the cruiser, striking it multiple times, and he fled the area on foot.

At approximately 8:08 a.m., one of the deputies searching for the suspect encountered Kimberling in the area of Westland Mall. When the deputy approached him, he could see that the suspect was armed. The deputy ordered the suspect to drop the weapon; the suspect complied and was taken into custody without incident.

Kimberling remains in jail and the case is under investigation.