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Police: Man shot after firing at Columbus police officer, sheriff's deputy

Columbus police said Johnson was taken to Grant Medical Center. No law enforcement officers were injured.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A 30-year-old man was shot after he fired at a Columbus police officer and a Franklin County Sheriff's Office deputy, leading them to return fire Wednesday night on the city's west side, according to Columbus police.

Columbus Division of Police Sgt. James Fuqua said officers responded to a two-vehicle crash on West Broad Street, just west of Interstate 270 around 9 p.m.

The crash happened in the Franklin County Sheriff's Office jurisdiction.

As officers were waiting for Franklin County deputies to arrive, they saw a man, later identified as Brandon R. Johnson, who was involved in the crash and outside one of the vehicles, according to Fuqua.

Fuqua said the officers and Johnson had a conversation and after deputies arrived, he ran from the scene.

During a pursuit, Fuqua said a witness reported seeing Johnson fire at least one shot at law enforcement.

An officer and deputy returned fire, Fuqua said.  It is unclear how many shots were exchanged.

Johnson was shot in the lower body and placed into custody before he was taken to Grant Medical Center. A Columbus police dispatcher initially told 10TV the Johnson was critically injured but Fuqua later said he does not have life-threatening injuries.

The officer and deputy were not hurt.

West Broad Street was closed in the area of the investigation and the ramps from I-270 to West Broad Street temporarily closed in both directions.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will investigate the incident.

Fuqua said the crash disabled both vehicles involved and he said he was unsure if anyone was injured in the crash.

Johnson is charged with four counts of felonious assault and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, pending his release from the hospital. 

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