I-71 north reopened Downtown after shots fired at off-duty Columbus police officer

Columbus police have reopened both exit ramps from Interstate 70 to Interstate 71 north near Downtown after an off-duty police officer had a window of his personal vehicle shot out Friday morning.

The off-duty officer was not injured.

Columbus police said the officer was headed to work around 5:50 a.m. Friday on the I-70 eastbound to I-71 north ramp in a black Kia SUV when the officer, who was not identified, slowed down under the newly constructed overpass. The officer had slowed to allow a silver SUV to enter his lane from the berm, police said.

At the time he slowed down, an occupant in a black SUV, in the lane to the left of the off-duty officer, fired three times into his vehicle, hitting the driver's side door and the driver's side rear passenger window. The SUV then accelerated quickly and went north on I-71 north.

The officer was not injured.

Police closed the ramps for three hours Friday morning as they investigated.

Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus police at 614-645-4545.

bbruner@dispatch.com

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