TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio police officer shot and wounded a man who officials said he pointed a gun at officers on a domestic violence call last week, authorities said.
Toledo police said a woman called 911 just before 9 p.m. Thursday to report an argument between her adult daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend. Police said the younger woman said the man was “very aggressive” and threatened her.
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The officers found him in the garage with a gun and ordered him to drop it several times. Instead, he turned the gun away from him and towards an officer, police said. An officer shot and hit the suspect who dropped the gun once, police said.
According to police, the 44-year-old man was rushed to hospital and is believed to have survived his injuries. He is said to be exposed to domestic violence and assault. His weapon was recovered and found unloaded. The officer was placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.
Toledo Police played body-worn camera footage at a press conference on Friday, showing that an officer ordered the suspect to drop the gun eight times and his partner issued the same order at least six times, the Toledo Blade reported.
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Chief George Kral said officials “gave the suspect the option to just drop him and we simply acted on what that suspect did.”
Kral noted the danger to officials from domestic violence calls and also said the surge in violence across the country, which began in 2020, continues.
“We’re seeing a wave of violence in this country that I haven’t seen in 30 years,” he said.
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