1 dead after officer-involved shooting in Columbus

Knife-wielding man lunghed at officer, police say

The man shot and killed by police officers this afternoon at Port Columbus International Airport tried unsuccessfully to purchase an airline ticket with a fake ID, Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner told our partners at WBNS in Columbus.

The man, who had a knife, was shot after he lunged at an officer. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and officers found additional knives after searching the man’s body, WBNS reported.

The confrontation came after the officer called a tow truck for the man’s vehicle, which he left illegally parked in the departures area, according to WBNS.

The man’s name has not been released.

Security remains on high alert at the airport.


One person was shot and killed by police at Port Columbus International Airport today, according to our partners at WBNS in Columbus.

The shooting occurred outside in the departure area around 1 p.m., according to WBNS. The suspect was in the ticketing lobby prior to security checkpoints, and there was a call for an officer in trouble just before the shooting.

No officers were injured in the shooting. David Whitaker, vice president of airport communications, said he does not believe there is an ongoing threat to the airport, according to WBNS.

Flights and operations are running as scheduled.

We will update this story as the information comes in.