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UPDATE: Teen Suspect in Critical Condition after Officer-Involved Shooting in Gahanna

COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala/Kate Liebers) -- A 17-year-old suspect was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday night after the city's latest officer-involved shooting.

The incident began around 7 p.m. as a reported domestic dispute in Northeast Columbus, where a woman told 911 dispatchers a known man was at her home with a gun.

The man had a protection order against him, according to the Columbus Police Department.

Responding officers saw the suspect's vehicle in the area of McCutcheon Avenue and Stelzer Road. When police pulled over the car, a woman was in the driver's seat and the suspect was hiding.

The man then jumped into the driver's seat, forcing the woman from the car, and fled from the officers, CPD reported.

"He kicked the female out of his car -- we believe while it was still moving," Sgt. David Pelphrey said.

Police chased the driver through New Life Church parking lot, through a brush and behind a home. From there, the man fled on foot for another quarter of a mile, according to police.

The chase ended in a dark wooded ravine near Stonegate Circle and Olde Ridenour Road in Gahanna. The suspect allegedly confronted police as they approached.

"The suspect's actions forced the officers to discharge their weapons," according to a CPD release. 

Shots were fired, police said, and the man collapsed.

Officers did not immediately know the man's identity and did not immediately recover the suspect's gun.

The suspect was treated by medics on the scene before he was transported to Grant Hospital in critical but stable condition, according to CPD.
The woman was not injured and no officers were wounded, police said.

The incident has been referred to the Critical Incident Response Team and the Firearms/Police-Involved Death Review Board. The final investigative package is to be forwarded to the Columbus Division of Police, Chain-Of-Command for review.

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