COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man on the South Side early Saturday is being treated as an act of self-defense.
Columbus police say no charges were filed after the incident and the case will be forwarded to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
Homicide Unit detectives say Shawndell Bryant and another man attacked a third man in a parking lot outside 645 E. Morrill Avenue, adjacent to Lincoln Park, just after 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning. The initial investigation indicated the 58-year-old man under attack shot Bryant during the altercation, police said.
Bryant was taken to Grant Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 3:50 a.m.
The suspect, whose name was not released, remained at the scene and cooperated with detectives, police said. The man claimed he acted in self-defense and detectives said his visible injuries supported that account of the incident.
The second man involved in the attack — described as black, approximately 5’11” with a medium to dark complexion and wearing a dark hoodie – ran away.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbus Police Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Crime Stoppers at 645-TIPS.