COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – An accused cop killer in Columbus could face the death penalty if convicted.
44-year-old Lincoln Rutledge was indicted on Tuesday for aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault and aggravated arson.
He’s accused of shooting Columbus SWAT officer Steven Smith in the head while officers were trying to arrest Rutledge for setting his estranged wife’s home on fire.
Officer Smith died two days after the April 10th incident.
“A law enforcement officer in the course of duty is the most serious kind of homicide there can be committed because they are out there trying to protect all the rest of us,” said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien.
Rutledge is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning.