Tactical Situation in Columbus Over, Suspect in Custody

Posted: Saturday, September 8, 2012 --- 3:08p.m.

Release from Columbus Police Department:

On Saturday, September 8, 2012 at about 9:53am an officer from the Columbus Police Department was investigating a burglary complaint when a person entered the business acting suspiciously. The officer initiated contact with this person and subsequently, the officer and the person walked to a residence located at 142 E. James St. While the officer continued his interview, the person he was interviewing fled from the residence on foot. The officer gave chase on foot and a brief struggle ensued. During the struggle, the officer fell to the ground and suffered an injury to his shoulder. The suspect was able to get away from the injured officer and fled back into his residence at 142 E. James St.

Additional officers responded to the scene. Because of the suspect's actions, it was believed that he might have access to a weapon. Information was also obtained that ere was another person located within the residence. Law enforcement personnel initiated a tactical operation to contain the residence and to attempt to make contact with the suspect. Eventually, both the male suspect and a female resident exited the building and were both taken into custody.

The 21 year old male suspect is being questioned by the police department regarding this incident. Felony charges of resisting an officer and bail jumping will be referred to the Columbia County District Attorney's Office. Additional charges may follow. The female resident is also being questioned and her disposition is unknown at this time.

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