Hilliard Northwest News

Suspect shot at apartment complex

Response team will review shooting incident

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Columbus police officers shot and killed a man who was armed with a knife early Sunday morning, Nov. 17, one hour after he entered a Hilliard-area woman's unlocked apartment, according to police.

Police identified the man as 31-year-old Jason D. White, a resident of Bayside Commons Apartments, the same complex as the woman whose apartment he had entered, police said.

White fled from the woman's apartment but was found at another nearby apartment complex, where he confronted police with the knife, Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner said.

Two Columbus police officers fired, striking White, he said.

Columbus medics pronounced White dead at 6:09 a.m. Nov. 17 in a courtyard in the 2100 block of Gables Lake Drive in the Saddlebrook Apartments, where the shooting occurred, police said.

Police initially responded after a woman in the 5400 block of Tretorn Drive called at 5:09 a.m. to report a man wearing a camouflage fishing hat with no shirt and holding a knife had entered her unlocked apartment.

The woman told a police dispatcher she was able to lock the man outside as he stepped back though the front door, police said.

The caller told police "the man was talking but not making sense," according to the report.

The man attempted to re-enter the apartment while the woman was speaking to a dispatcher, police said.

The man was still outside the woman's apartment when the first Columbus officer arrived. The man, identified as White, reportedly charged at the officer with the knife and the officer shot at him, police said.

It was not immediately known whether White was hit in the first encounter with police, but he fled from the scene on foot.

Additional police officers arrived and searched for White, locating him in a nearby apartment complex just south of Roberts Road, and east of Hilliard-Rome Road, where he again confronted police with a knife, police said.

Two officers fired at White, who sustained multiple gunshot wounds, according to police.

White was holding a knife to his throat while lying on the ground, police said.

Three officers in all discharged their weapons in two instances, Weiner said.

According to a report from the Franklin County Coroner's Office, White sustained severe lacerations to his forearm, Weiner said, and police believe White cut himself at some point during the police encounter.

Police said two knives were recovered at the scene of the shooting.

As is the case with all officer-involved shootings, the critical-incident response team and a firearms review board will review the incident, police said.