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Officer Fatally Shoots Driver During NE Columbus Traffic Stop
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Police have reopened a portion of road where an officer fatally shot a driver during an early morning traffic stop.
Investigators spent six hours on Polaris Pkwy. in Northeast Columbus on Monday morning after a Westerville officer shot a man who allegedly exited his car while brandishing a firearm at approximately 1:30 a.m.
The officer stopped the vehicle just east of I-71 due to an unspecified license plate infraction, according to investigators.
The armed driver exited his vehicle as the officer approached, and ignored repeated warnings before he was shot, according to Westerville police.
"One of the things we say in police work is there were no routine anything. This is a prime example of that," Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said. "There are no routine stops; there are no routine calls. We're facing a more and more violent society as we progress, or digress."
Investigators are questioning a female passenger who was inside the deceased driver's vehicle at the time of the shooting. She was not hurt.
Columbus police officers are investigating the shooting, and Westerville officers plan to conduct an internal probe.
The cruiser driven by the officer who fired the shots contained a working dashboard-mounted camera at the time of the incident, according to investigators.
Police reopened Polaris Pkwy. in the area of the shooting at approximately 7 a.m.