Columbus Officers Cleared in Review of Fatal Shootout


The seven Columbus, Ohio, officers involved in a massive shootout last year acted within Police Division policy, a review board has ruled, according to the Columbus Dispatch. The shooting happened on May 15, 2013, when officers tried to pull over an SUV with a homicide suspect inside. The SUV didn't stop, and someone inside began firing at officers from the moving vehicle. By the time the SUV crashed minutes later, seven officers had fired nearly 200 gunshots and the suspect, Emmanuel Gatewood, and his girlfriend, Kourtney Hahn, were dead.

The Firearms/Police-Involved Death Review Board, comprising a rotating group of three commanders, rules on whether police shootings are within policy. When someone dies from police gunfire, the case is also forwarded to a grand jury. A Franklin County grand jury case has already declined to indict the officers. In 2013, Columbus police were involved in 22 shootings in which seven people were killed, including Hahn and Gatewood. So far this year, officers have shot at suspects eight times, killing five people.

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