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Family Reacts to Man Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala/Kate Liebers) -- The family of a man shot and killed by Columbus police blamed the man's actions on his growing frustrations after leaving prison.

Police said 50-year-old Kenny Herring (aka Keith Anthony Davis) had shot his girlfriend in the face hours before officers found him on the porch of an East Columbus home.

Herring was armed when officers opened fire, killing the suspect on the scene.

Herring's pastor, Rev. Frederick Lamarr of Family Missionary Baptist Church, said the man's temper had grown since he was released from prison, unable to find work.  

Columbus Division of Police suspects that temper had flared when he shot Richell Dixon in the mouth around 9 p.m. Wednesday while she was inside her Lockbourne home.

Neighbors said her mother saw it coming.

"She said that she was worried about him hurting her daughter," area resident Ann Barrett said.

Herring fled the scene, but a 911 call from someone claiming to be his ex-girlfriend directed officers to the suspect's location.

"That guy that shot the girl in the face on the Southeast side is my ex-boyfriend and he is calling me, talking about how he needs to come see me," the caller told dispatchers. "I'm scared to death."

Police found Herring on a porch on South 17th Street. There, five officers opened fire on the suspect, according to CPD. Medics pronounced him dead on the scene at 12:14 a.m.

Investigators did not immediately release the officers' reason for killing the suspect.

Herring was believed to be armed -- and a handgun was recovered from the scene -- but one neighbor said she thought the officers' gunfire was overkill.  

"They were just trying to kill him. That's what it sounded like. They were trying to kill him," resident Jamier Humphrey said. "I don't know if he pulled his gun. It was crazy."

An occupant of the house where Herring died told ABC 6/FOX 28 she did not know the man, or why he was standing on her porch when he was shot.

Dixon was still in critical condition as of Thursday evening.

This is the seventh officer-involved fatality this year, according to CPD.
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