Four people were wounded and transported to Columbus hospitals, 1 critically, following a rampage by a machete wielding man who has subsequently been killed by police. The man, whose name has not been released was tracked by police and killed approximately 5 miles from the scene of what one witness described as “a sytematic attack”
Columbus police say a man burst into the restaurant, hacking with a machete and sending
six(4 according to police interview below) people to area hospitals.
He was shot and killed by police after being tracked down about 5 miles from the restaurant.
As of late Thursday night, police hadn’t yet released the names of those injured or their conditions, or the name of the man who was killed by officers.
It’s unclear why he did what he did. Patrons who had been in the restaurant at the time were still with police late Thursday, so exactly what the man did or what he might have said wasn’t known…
…Police say the man with the machete fled the restaurant and was stopped by police off Stelzer Road, just south of Montclair Drive.
He was shot by police, the dispatcher said, and died at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center at 6:24 p.m. Further information about what happened leading to the shooting wasn’t released.
If you listen to the interview with the officer below, there is mention of possible terrorist links, but other than confirming that Federal investigators are assisting, there is no confirmation of this. It is said that the suspect had visited the restaurant earlier in the day and was belligerent.
The officer also describes how patrons drove the perpetrator off with chairs. It should have been a Defensive Gun Use.