Police: Officers fatally shoot 15-year-old robbery suspect at CVS in east Columbus


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus police say officers fatally shot a 15-year-old suspect who was armed with a gun Thursday evening following a robbery at a pharmacy store.

Two officers fired at 15-year-old Abdirahman Salad during the confrontation in the CVS Pharmacy on East Broad Street, police said. He later died at a hospital.

No officers were hurt.

Police said they had received multiple calls about the alleged robbery, reporting that people were running out of the store and that an armed suspect was involved.

They didn’t release further details about the confrontation, except to say the shooting is being investigated under the usual process for reviewing such police-involved shootings in Columbus.

Officer Benjamin Hetzer, an 11-year veteran, and Officer Thomas Pezzott, a 4-year veteran, are the officers who fired shots during this incident.

CVS released this statement to 10TV regarding the robbery and shooting:

"We’re cooperating fully with the Columbus Police Department as they investigate the armed robbery and shooting that occurred at our East Broad Street store last night. We appreciate the rapid response of the police department and are thankful that none of our customers or employees were hurt in the incident. Additional support and counseling services are currently being offered to our CVS Pharmacy store colleagues."

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