Suspect, officers identified in deadly police-involved shooting at north Columbus hotel


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Authorities say a suspect died after exchanging gunfire with police at a north Columbus hotel Thursday evening.

Police went to the hotel, located on Sinclair Road, after receiving a report of a fight involving a gun.

Officers were not able to locate anyone involved when they first arrived at the scene. After running license plates of vehicles in the parking lot, police say officers learned that one of the vehicles belonged to a man wanted on a felony warrant for abduction.

Officers determined that the wanted man, 28-year-old Montae D. Shackleford, was staying at the hotel.

Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner says a witness told investigators that Shackleford fired at officers after stepping out of a room. Five officers returned fire.

Shackleford was shot and taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition where he later died.

Officer Matthew Carroll, one of the five officers who responded to the hotel, received a graze wound to the leg and received treatment at a hospital.

A Columbus Divison of Police spokesman says investigators are reviewing body camera footage to determine which officers fired shots.

The officers involved are identified as: Sergeant David Gitlitz, Officer Alexander Stallings, Officer Matthew Carroll, Officer Jeffrey Lincoln and Officer Austin Endsley.

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