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SHOOTING SPREE: Officer to Survive Gunshot Wound
COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Kate Liebers) -- A SWAT officer was rushed into surgery after he was shot in his torso during a firefight in a Walmart parking lot.
The officer, Steve Smith, was in stable conditions as of Friday evening, the Columbus Police Department reported.
The 24-year veteran of the force is expected to stay at Grant Medical Center overnight for observation, surrounded by friends and family.
Police Chief Kim Jacobs said this officer's bravery may have saved others from getting hurt or possibly killed.
"It's necessary to be able to deal with these active shooters that are out there nowadays," Jacobs said. "They practice all the time so that when they do, they work as a team."
Other officers involved in the shooting include 26-year veteran Lawrence Brown and 25-year veteran Glenn Thivener.
Sgt. Rich Weiner said the suspect admitted to the earlier shootings that day.
"He said that he's killed two people and he's not going back to jail," Weiner said.
The victims were listed in critical condition following the attack.
The Critical Incident Response Team is investigating the officer-involved shooting, which occurred in front of 3900 Morse Road.
The incident marked the sixth officer-involved shooting in the past four weeks.
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