On Thursday, January 28th, a news report disclosed that a male shooting suspect lost his life in a fiery crash during a high-speed police chase in Columbus on Monday, January 25th.
According to Sgt. James Faqua of the Columbus Police Department, the events leading to the accident began at about 11:30 a.m. They received a call about someone shooting at vehicles in the Kroger Store parking lot.
The suspect then drove away in a maroon pickup truck. At about 12:06 p.m., the Franklin County Sheriff's Office received a report of a man in a maroon truck shooting at people near Westgate Park. A third report came in at 12:10 p.m.
At about 12:25 p.m., Franklin Township officers noticed the car in the area of Frank Road and Harrisburg Lane. They started chasing the suspect, but he refused to pull over. The police chase in Columbus proceeded to Georgesville Road, where deputies joined the hunt.
Faqua said the suspect drove at 100 mph and ran red lights. Sheriff Jim Gilbert added that officers and deputies lost track of the man. They soon saw smoke coming from some brush close to a warehouse near Phillipi Road and Fisher Road.
When the lawmen arrived, they found the truck smoking and on fire with the suspect sitting inside. The man held a shotgun and refused to exit the vehicle. Gilbert said about 30 to 50 ammunition rounds in the car started to explode, engulfing the car in flames.
The authorities successfully put out the fire and pronounced the suspect dead at about 1:05 p.m. the police have not identified the victim. Gilbert said they would release his identity after reviewing medical records.
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