Double Shooting – Wounded – Woman (Columbus, OH)


A South Side man who was killed by Columbus police early yesterday had shot and wounded his girlfriend three hours earlier and might have wanted officers to shoot him, police and a family spokesman say.

Kenneth R. Herring, 50, was shot repeatedly when police confronted him just after midnight on the porch of a home at 719 S. 17th St.

Police did not release details of the confrontation but said five officers fired their weapons while trying to take Herring into custody. He died at the scene at 12:14 a.m.

Division spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner said a tip had led police to the house, where Herring apparently knew at least one person. Four people inside and the officers were not hurt.

Police found a gun at the scene, but Weiner would not say where. It was the 21st shooting by division police this year and the seventh fatal one.

Police had been searching for Herring on Wednesday night in connection with an earlier shooting at 1196 Lockbourne Rd.

Officers were called to that address at 9 p.m. by the mother of Richell Dixon.

“My daughter’s been shot twice by her boyfriend,” she said in her call to 911. “Please hurry.” She identified Herring as the shooter and said he was running south on Lockbourne toward Marion Road.

Dixon, 44, was taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in critical condition. Police said yesterday that her condition has stabilized and she is expected to survive.

The Dec. 12, 2013 shooting occurred just after midnight when five police officers fired on Kenneth R. Herring, 50, on the porch of a home at 719 S. 17th St.

Herring, who was killed by the officers, had shot and wounded his girlfriend three hours earlier at a South Side home. Plainclothes officers had received a tip that Herring was at the S. 17th Street address.


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