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Video: Ohio SWAT Officer in Critical Condition After Standoff

April 11, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Ohio SWAT Officer in Critical Condition After Standoff

A 27-year veteran of the Columbus (OH) Police Department shot during a standoff over the weekend remains in critical condition, reports WCMH.

Officer Steven Smith, 54, was shot during an hours-long standoff off North High Street at California Avenue. Officers were serving an arrest warrant around 11:30pm Saturday when the suspect, 44-year-old Lincoln Rutledge, refused to come out. Police say Rutledge shot Officer Smith, who was inside a SWAT vehicle.

Officer Steven Smith, 54, was shot during an hours-long standoff.
Officer Steven Smith, 54, was shot during an hours-long standoff.

Rutledge was originally wanted on a felony arson warrant for a fire that was set on Saturday on Fairlawn Drive.

At some point during the standoff, the apartment building where the standoff was happening caught fire. Rutledge remained inside as the building became completely consumed in flames.

Finally, around 7:30am, Rutledge was taken into custody and taken to an area hospital.

Rutledge is now charged with felonious assault in addition to the original charge of aggravated arson. He remains hospitalized and will be booked into the Franklin County jail upon his release.

Comments (5)

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Joe Smith @ 4/11/2016 6:53 PM

I don't know the specific circumstances involved in this situation, but if Obama had allowed police departments to purchase some of the numerous military surplus armored vehicles that he returned to appease protesters, the officer could have been protected while sitting in the SWAT vehicle and this shooting may have been avoided. Looks like just one more of his bad decisions.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/11/2016 9:35 PM

My prayers for the Officers recovery. Joe Smith, I agree with you. Obama should never have taken away all that military equipment. That stuff saves lives!!! Percy and his radical friends (robert, leonard) will never comprehend the truth.

kevCopAz @ 4/12/2016 6:44 AM

hang in there, you are a fighter!

John retired IA PD @ 4/12/2016 2:12 PM

Get well soon officer Smith.

Bob peterson @ 4/12/2016 5:00 PM

I will pray for the officer and his family. Have a quick recovery. Percy, blaming the president for the loss of equipment is not racist. Talking about the Cracker Barrel is. I don't know who you are more against, police or whites.

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