Whitehall and Reynoldsburg police SWAT officers were involved a fatal shooting Jan. 5 while executing a search warrant at an apartment building at 5300 Great Oak Way, according to Whitehall police.
Whitehall police identified the man as 28-year-old Ledarren D. Mixon.
The three officers involved in the shooting haven't been identified, Whitehall Deputy Chief Dan Kelso said. No officers were injured in the incident, he said.
The Columbus Division of Police is investigating the shooting, he said.
Either Columbus police or the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation typically investigates cases of officer-involved shootings in Whitehall, Kelso said.
Members of the Joint Eastside Tactical Response Team, which comprises SWAT officers from the Reynoldsburg and Whitehall police, executed the search warrant at 8:03 a.m. Jan. 5, Kelso said.
Police confirmed Mixon was the subject of the search warrant and was suspected of trafficking fentanyl-laced heroin from his apartment, Kelso said.
Upon entry into the apartment, officers encountered Mixon, who was armed, Kelso said, leading to a confrontation in which Mixon was shot.
Mixon was transported to an area hospital and pronounced dead, Kelso said.
Five additional adults and two children were at the apartment, Kelso said.
“This was an extremely dangerous location for officers and the community,” Whitehall police Chief Mike Crispen said, adding that the presence of fentanyl required SWAT officers to be screened for contamination.
According to Whitehall police, Mixon was released July 14, 2016, from the Ohio Department of Corrections after he had been sentenced to eight years in prison for aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and theft in 2008.
He was on parole through July 12, 2021, police said.
Mixon has a history with Whitehall police, having been arrested in 2007 for trafficking in drugs, and has prior charges of resisting arrest.