COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man accused of firing shots at officers near the Wedgewood Apartments overnight on Saturday has been identified in court charging documents and by a spokesperson with the Ohio Attorney General's Office.
Lamar Blue, 36, is charged with two counts of felonious assault after allegedly firing shots at officers in the 600 block of Kingsford Road.
Columbus police were called to the area on a report of shots fired in the area. Police say when they arrived at the scene, Blue began shooting at officers, hitting the passenger side of their vehicle.
One of the officers, who police identified as Payne Vantilburg, returned fire with one of the bullets hitting Blue. Vantilburg is a two-year veteran of the Division of Police.
Blue ran away from the scene on foot but was located a short time later and then given medical aid until he could be transported to the hospital, police say.
Blue was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition but his condition was later upgraded to stable.
A gun was recovered from the scene, according to police.
No officers were injured during the incident.
In October, there were two shootings at the Wedgewood complex in just one week. One shooting killed a 13-year-old boy.
CrimeTracker 10 found there have been 17 homicides in or around the Wedgewood apartments since 2017 — most of the victims were 25 years old or younger.