A veteran Westerville police officer shot and killed a man early this morning who emerged from his car with a gun after he initially fled from a traffic stop, city officials said.
The officer initiated a traffic stop on Polaris Parkway at 1:15 Monday morning, said city spokeswoman Christa Dickey.
The driver of the car, a 59-year-old man with an extensive criminal record, did not stop immediately, and the officer pursued him beyond Westerville limits into Columbus, before the man stopped near the 2000 block of Polaris Parkway, Dickey said.
As the officer approached the vehicle’s passenger side, the man exited the vehicle with a gun, Dickey said.
“The officer ordered him to drop the weapon, and he didn’t comply,” she said.
The officer fired several shots, wounding the man. The man was taken to St. Ann’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Dickey said.
The officer was sent home for the day, Dickey said, and the police division’s chaplain corps was called in to provide support to officers who needed it.
Dickey said Westerville officials are working with Columbus police to investigate the incident.
ThisWeek is withholding the officer’s name until further details are released.