COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus police officers killed two robbery suspects and took two others into custody after an armed robbery on the city's southeast side, police said Saturday.
Police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner said officers were staking out a Dollar General on Friday night, after some recent robberies, when they saw two men enter the store, hold up store employees and customers at gunpoint, then flee with some cash.
Weiner said when officers converged on the getaway car and tried to make arrests, two suspects were killed and two others in the car were taken into custody. He said two handguns were recovered at the scene. It wasn't clear if the men were in the car or outside it when they were fatally wounded, the police spokesman said.
The names of the two suspects who were killed weren't released, pending notification of their families.
Arrested were a 17-year-old on murder and robbery charges and 20-year-old Aarin Clinkscale on a robbery charge. Weiner said in an email that Ohio law provides for a murder charge when someone is involved in a felony in which a person dies.
The Associated Press did not identify the juvenile because he has not been formally charged.
The police involved were identified as Officers John Holloway and Anthony Rogers, both veterans with the police force. They were allowed to take leave time to help recover from "a traumatic experience," Weiner said in a news release. The shooting will be investigated by the police department.