Photo: WBNS 10TV.COM
Photo: WBNS 10TV.COM

Columbus police officer shot in face; 3 people briefly in custody

Columbus police said veteran 11-year officer William Frease was shot in the face Thursday night while he was conducting surveillance of a vehicle.

Police said Frease, who is in stable condition, told dispatchers around 10:45 p.m. that he had been shot and provided a description of the vehicle in which the suspects fled, our media partner WBNS-TV in Columbus reported.

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Police in suburban Whitehall stopped the vehicle about 25 minutes later and took three people into custody and recovered a firearm. However, they have since been released while investigators determine which one is the shooter, WBNS reported.

Acting Columbus Police Chief Tim Becker said Friday that Frease was struck by a shot that went through the rear driver’s side window of his unmarked cruiser.

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A Columbus police officer was shot and wounded Thursday night.

Police said the shooting happened just after 10:45 p.m. in the area of East Hudson Street and McGuffey Road in Columbus, our media partner WBNS-TV in Columbus reported.

The shooting suspect, whose name was not released, was arrested at East Broad Street and South Yearling Road, WBNS reported.

The officer, whose name also was not released, was in stable condition and was taken to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, police told WBNS.

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