WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) — Columbus Police officers are involved in a shooting at Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s hospital in Westerville.
Columbus Police posted on Facebook that the officers involved are okay and the suspect was pronounced dead. The post says the shooting happened after Westerville medics requested that Columbus police assist them with the transport of a mental health patient.
According to Columbus Police spokesperson Sgt. Rich Weiner, officers followed the medic to the hospital. When the patient walked out of the back of the vehicle, police say he was carrying a garbage bag. Inside the garbage bag was a handgun. Weiner said the man took out the gun and then ignored the orders of officers to drop the gun.
Weiner said the gun turned out to be a realistic-looking BB gun.
According to the hospital, no patients or employees were injured.
The Westerville Police Department is handling the investigation.
The hospital released the following statement:
This afternoon, a police-involved shooting occurred on the campus of Mount Carmel St. Ann’s. No patients or colleagues were involved or injured. At this time, we have no additional details about this incident to share except that the shooting occurred and is actively being investigated. We are doing everything we can to assist the police with their investigation and to provide support and care to patients, families, visitors, and colleagues. Our first priority is always their safety.