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Traffic stop ends with suspect shot

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus police are investigating the shooting of an armed man during a traffic stop on the Near East Side.

This article has been updated with the name of the police officer.

Orlando Smith (above) was listed in stable condition at Grant Medical Center after being shot twice by Sgt. Matthew Streng when he stepped out of his car with a gun, Division of Police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner said.

At 11:03 a.m., Streng, a 15-year veteran of the police division, pulled Smith’s car over near the intersection of Mooberry and Carpenter Streets near Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Weiner said.

As Streng approached the vehicle, Smith got out with a gun and was shot twice, Weiner said.

Weiner says the sergeant was not hurt. A loaded firearm was recovered at the scene.

Smith was wanted for an outstanding traffic warrant and charges related to the shooting are pending, Weiner says.

Weiner says the incident will be investigated by the Critical Incident Response Team and forwarded up the chain of command for review.

-Columbus Div. of Police photo

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