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Columbus police this morning critically injure man who refused to drop knife

Published: Sun, June 19, 2011 @ 1:06 p.m.

Associated Press


Columbus police say two officers responding to a call about an armed man shot a suspect who refused orders to drop a knife he was holding when they confronted him at a market.

Police say the 52-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot several times early this morning. Officers say he was taken to a hospital for surgery. His name was not released.

No other injuries were reported.

The shooting is under investigation.


1doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

When they say drop it, you listen or this is what happens.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

This man was confused . In the past when he held the weapon he was in control . In the eyes of the subculture this new protocol has left him being a victim .

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3Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Whats the problem ??? drop is drop

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4Eric(205 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Yes, drop means drop, but we don't know the whole story. Was the man threatening someone with the knife, or just standing there holding it? If it was the latter, the police should not have shot him. That is what tasers are for. Just because someone doesn't follow police orders does not mean that person should receive a death sentence.

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5Nunya(1356 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

@ Eric

You're absolutely right. What you expressed is a protocol called threat assessment.To include patrol personnel are equipped with tazers for various types of encounters. Where the suspect was wrong for not heeding the command to drop the knife. The II probe is to focus on was there justification why deadly force in the form of multiple shots were fired into the suspect.

Where not to rush to judgment the suspect was alleged to been confronted at a market and yet shot in the backyard of a residence. It appears TZ deterrent wasn't implemented and where there can be valid reasons why it wasn't IF it wasn't.

However, that's all that's going to have to be asked, answered and verified in the investigative review.

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