Columbus, Ohio – In the early hours of [date], a distressing 911 call was made from George’s Creek apartments on Georges Creek Drive. The caller reported that their uncle had a firearm and was making threats to harm himself and others within the residence.

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Bodycam footage obtained from the scene reveals the tense moments as law enforcement officers approached the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Rafael Warfield, outside an apartment building. The officers urgently demanded that Warfield surrender with his hands in the air.

As the officers issued their commands, Warfield responded with apparent defiance, and suddenly, the sound of gunshots erupted from the direction of the suspect. In response, one of the officers discharged their firearm.

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It has been confirmed that Warfield succumbed to his injuries at the scene. To ensure an impartial investigation, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has taken over the case.

Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant addressed the incident, acknowledging the necessity of the immediate response but emphasizing that efforts were made to involve the Right Response Unit. This unit comprises a social worker who assists in assessing the appropriate and comprehensive response to emergency situations involving mental health concerns. However, due to the timing of the 911 call, the Right Response Unit, which operates until midnight, was unavailable.

Chief Bryant emphasized, “In a situation where there is an active, aggressive threat of harm involving a firearm, officers are compelled to respond accordingly. At the time of the incident, there was no known history of mental illness.”

Four officers were present during the incident, with only one discharging their weapon. As per standard procedure, all officers involved have been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of their respective examinations.

Fortunately, no officers sustained any injuries during the exchange of gunfire.

The investigation into this incident continues, seeking to uncover more details about the factors leading up to the tragic outcome. Authorities remain committed to a thorough examination of the events surrounding this call, aiming to provide a comprehensive understanding of the situation and shed light on any possible steps that could prevent such occurrences in the future.

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