Police say man fatally shot during traffic stop was holding a gun

Motorist, 59, died just after 2 a.m. in hospital.
MCT Regional News
Nov 12, 2013

A motorist who was shot and killed early today by a Westerville police officer was holding a gun as the officer approached the car during a traffic stop, police say.

The officer stopped the car in the westbound lanes of Polaris Parkway near Olde Worthington Road at 1:16 a.m. An “officer-in-trouble” call was sent out to area police agencies shortly after that, along with a call for medics to respond to a shooting.

The motorist, identified as John W. Montgomery, 59, of Columbus, died at 2:03 a.m. Mount Carmel St. Ann’s hospital.

The officer and a woman who was in the car’s front passenger seat were not injured. Their names have not been released. Montgomery’s relationship to the woman was not clear.

The shooting occurred in Columbus just west of the Westerville city limits, said Sgt. Rich Weiner, a Columbus police spokesman.

Weiner said the Westerville officer saw Montgomery with a gun as he approached the car on the passenger side. The officer fired multiple times, he said.

Montgomery tried to exit the car at some point during the incident, but it is not yet clear precisely when, Weiner said.

Polaris Parkway was closed between Cleveland Avenue and Orion Place for 5 1/2 hours as police investigated the scene. The road reopened to traffic around 6:45 a.m., a police dispatcher said.

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By Theodore Decket - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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Comments

DATT-203

The world today is such a sad place. The more I read the paper or listen to the news the more I fear for my children! Hopefully the officer isn't injured!

JACKEL

Now exiting the car with a gun at some point but not sure when ?Does that make sense ?Had to shoot past the passenger,weird .

AEversole

Another unjustified killing by our finest. . . . . They don't even ask you to put your gun down now a days, it is just pop pop oh I thought he might have been going to point something in my direction... don't become a cop if you cant handle a life threatening situation with out getting shook and just firing on a man just because he has a pistol. . . . He could of had his permit or been working for all you know

truckin

I kinda agree with AEver. Not knowing the whole story, but from what i read, sounds maybe the guy was just trying to "openly" show the weapon as not to hide?? If he was wanting to shoot the officer? wouldn't he have kept it hid until ready to shoot, which then the cop probably wouldn't have had time to draw. Need more to take a side??