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Six Killed in Crash with Police Car

October 22, 2013  | 

An Upper Arlington (Ohio) PD officer responding to an armed robbery call struck a vehicle that had just stopped in an intersection, killing all six family members inside, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Officer Shawn Paynter entered the intersectionon a green light with his lights on and sirens blaring. His cruiser struck the family's stationary sedan at full speed.

It was around 1:30 on Friday morning and driver Eid Badi Shahad had reportedly just run a red light with his wife and four daughters, ages 2 to 16 in the car. It's not clear why he stopped. All four daughters were sitting in the back seat and no one in the car was wearing a seat belt. The couple, who had emigrated as refugees from Iraq three years ago, leaves behind five sons, ages 5 to 16.  

Officer Paynter suffered a head injury. He was taken to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital where a nurse broke the news that everyone in the car had died, according to Chief Robert Oppenheimer of the Perry Township Police Department. His agency is currently investigating the crash.

Comments (10)

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Rick @ 10/22/2013 2:26 PM

What??? He stopped? He ran a red light? Which is it? Very poorly written article.

Richard Jellicoe @ 10/22/2013 2:33 PM

I agree news items are lacking more and more information. But, if I had to guess the civilian ran the red light and then stopped in the intersection in the path of the responding officer. He ran the light, saw the code 3 and panicked and stopped. But that is just an assumption

Brian @ 10/22/2013 2:43 PM

I think Richard probably got it right. Panicked. Thinks are different
here than in Iraq. It is a poorly written article though.

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/22/2013 7:05 PM

I am very familiar with both the agency and the intersection and this article really only skirts what happened. Even though the Officer had minor injries I offer my condolences to both him and his agency and to the family lost. Never assume.

Richard Jellicoe @ 10/22/2013 8:08 PM

Leprechaun, if you're so familiar with the situation inform us so we don't have to fill in the blanks of at bad story with assumptions. Never second guess.

GP Cobb @ 10/22/2013 11:46 PM

Richard Jellicoe, it seems the Leprechaun always has indifferent comments, huh?

Paul @ 10/23/2013 8:25 AM

Folks , this article is obviously a very short recap of the incident. That's why a link is provided to the original new story. It's easy, click on the link and it will provide more information !!!!!!!!

Jay. @ 10/24/2013 7:48 AM

Very poorly written article.

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/29/2013 8:51 AM

If you would just use the link to the Columbus Dispatch you would have a lot more information. And wrongly quoted I said "never assume". At least I understand most bloggers here have no Law Enforcement training or experience and cannot follow simple instructions.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/24/2014 1:07 PM

This is the complete video from the cruiser dash cam on the Columbus Dispatch local edition newspaper web site: (cut and paste to your browser)
The Officer was cleared of any wrongdoing Feb 20, 2014 by the, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien. However the video is disturbing and the cruiser reached speeds of 86 MPH. The rev up of the engine to high speed is captured by the audio recording device attached to the the Officer. The officer was responding from three districts away from this call, he was the farthest cruiser away from where the robbery he was responding to occurred. Even at 86 MPH it would have taken him at least 30 minutes to get to the scene via the route he was taking.

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