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Police Fatally Shoot Alleged Gunman Outside Columbus Club
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines/Kate Liebers) -- A targeted man remained unidentified after police shot and killed the would-be victim's alleged gunman outside a dance club.
Two Columbus police officers killed Jonathan D. Rodgers after they saw him shoot at an unknown man as he exited the Charlie Bear on Olentangy River Road at approximately 2 a.m. Monday.
The officers -- who were working security at the time of the shooting -- opened fire when they were threatened by Rodgers during a brief confrontation, according to police.
"I don't know why people think it's OK to point a gun at a police officer," Fraternal Order of Police President (Ohio, 11th District) Jason Pappas said. "It won't be tolerated, and as you can see, the results are never good."
More than 150 people were inside the club at the time of the shooting.
"According to witnesses, a man said he was going to go outside and get a gun and take care of business," said Sgt. Rich Weiner of the Columbus Police Department.
After interviewing dozens of witnesses, detectives are still attempting to locate the man who was allegedly targeted by Rodgers. Investigators do not immediately know if that patron was wounded during the shooting.
Officers said this is not the first time they have had to respond to fights at this particular club.
"It's gotten to the point, now, where it's erupted into gunfire," Weiner said. "So we'll be taking a close look at this establishment to see what we can do to prevent this from happening again."
This marked the sixth officer-involved shooting in the past month.