For second time in two days, person shot by Columbus SWAT during sting operation

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A person was transported in critical condition to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center on Friday after being shot by a Columbus police SWAT officer during a robbery sting operation — the second such incident in two days.

The latest SWAT officer-involved shooting occurred about 6:10 p.m. on the 1300 block of Mt. Vernon Avenue on the Near East Side, a police dispatcher said.

No details about the shooting were immediately available other than it was another SWAT sting operation using an undercover decoy officer backed up by other SWAT officers providing cover. The Dispatch has a reporter at the scene and will update this story as more information becomes available.

On Wednesday night, Kyler Collier, 18, was shot by a SWAT Officer Robert Vass, 50, a 25-year police veteran, around 8 p.m. in a parking lot off the 2800 block of Duvall Lane near Booty Drive in a townhomes complex on the Southeast Side.

Sgt. Chantay Boxill, a Columbus Division of Police spokeswoman, said SWAT was participating in an undercover operation investigating a series of robberies of people who had arranged transactions through social-media websites. An undercover SWAT officer, posing as a potential buyer, had agreed to meet a suspect to exchange an item for cash, she said.

Collier pulled a gun on the undercover officer during the exchange and was snot by Vass, Boxill said. Collier fled after being shot, but officers pursuing him caught up with him and took him into custody. He was immediately transported to Grant Medical Center in critical condition but was later listed as stable.

No officers were injured in that incident, which was the fifth time Vass has been involved in an incident where he or another officer discharged their weapons. As standard procedure, an internal Columbus police team investigates all incidents of officer-involved shootings.  Friday’s incident will also be investigated.

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