COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man died after he was shot by police and hospital security officers following an altercation in an Ohio hospital emergency room, authorities said Monday.
The shooting at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in suburban Columbus happened Monday morning after Westerville officers responded to a report of a man passed out in a car and then followed medics to the hospital.
Westerville police, Columbus police and the hospital said in a joint statement the man was found to have active felony warrants through Columbus police.
Westerville police then initiated a transfer of custody, but during that transfer “an altercation ensued” at about 2:15 p.m. Monday “which resulted in the discharge of firearms” from the Columbus Division of Police and St. Ann’s security officers, according to the statement.
Emergency room staff immediately tried to revive the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. No officers, hospital staff or physicians were injured, officials said. An additional firearm was recovered at the scene, the statement said.
Police said earlier that the man had outstanding domestic violence and weapons warrants out of Franklin County, Ohio.
The Ohio Attorney General Bureau of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation into the shooting.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost issued the following statement regarding the shooting that occurred at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville, involving Columbus Division of Police officers and security officers from the hospital:
“At the request of the Westerville Division of Police, BCI will conduct a complete and expert investigation into the incident that occurred this afternoon,” Yost said. “In the early hours of this investigation, it is not clear what occurred. I appeal to everyone to let us gather the facts and complete the record. That cannot happen overnight. An investigation like this takes an average of 400 hours. We will find the truth, and we will fully reveal it.”
Anyone with information about the case may call BCI at 855-BCI-OHIO (855-224-6446).