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Two Shot by Ohio Officer as His Hand is Pinned in Door

November 07, 2014  | 

Two people were shot yesterday afternoon by a Columbus, Ohio, police officer who opened fire after a door was slammed on his hand at a South Side home, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

Brian Bates, 44, was charged last night with felony assault on a police officer, whose name hasn't yet been released. Police say that Bates pinned the officer's hand in the door.

Bates, of the East Side, was hit in his neck by the officer's bullet, which also passed through his cheek.

Last night, Bates was in stable condition at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center.

Police haven't yet released the name of the 23-year-old woman who also was shot. She was not charged.

Columbus police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner said the woman, who was shot in her arm, was near the door when the officer opened fire. She was treated at Grant and released.

The police officer was treated for a possible broken hand at the same hospital, Weiner said.


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scout 1 @ 11/8/2014 8:46 AM

Lesson 1, never put your hand in the door-ever. Had a rookie who lost 3 fingers when he put his hand in the path of a slamming door. Use foot, ASAP baton, flashlight, gun barrel but never your hand, ever.

Ima Leprechaun @ 11/8/2014 3:40 PM

All shots were fired blind through the wooden back door. Nine other people were inside the home at the time of the shooting. The rest of the story left out was: Columbus police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner said the woman, who was shot in her arm, was near the door when the officer opened fire. She was treated at Grant and released.
Two officers on patrol were flagged down around 4 p.m. by a man who said his sister might be shooting heroin at 394 E. Hinman Ave., which is known in the neighborhood as a drug house. One of the two officers knocked on the back door, and Bates answered. Weiner said that Bates slammed the door on the officer’s hand. The officer yelled repeatedly, “Let me go!” but Bates held the door shut.

The officer pulled out his gun with his free hand and fired multiple times through the wooden door. At least three bullet holes were visible in the door. Weiner said the officer fired his gun because he was in a “vulnerable position.”

TERRY @ 11/9/2014 11:47 AM

Backup you call for backup first then go in the house. If they are shooting drugs the evidence will definitely be there. Now they have flushed the drugs and are getting out which ever way they can. Hope the hand heals quickly. Learn this lesson well.

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