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Officer In Critical Condition After Clintonville Standoff Ends In Fire

Columbus Police Officer Steve Smith
Columbus Police
Columbus Police SWAT Officer Steve Smith, 54, is in critical condition after he was shot during a standoff during the weekend.

Columbus Police say a Clintonville man faces attempted murder and arson charges after a standoff that left a police officer in critical condition. 


Columbus Police say Steven "Steve" Smith, 54, remains at the Wexner Medical Center in critical condition Monday morning after he was shot in a standoff in Clintonville. 

Smith, who is married with two children, has been on the force for 27 years. He currently works with SWAT, but he has worked in a variety capacities, including the helicopter unit, tactical, strategic response and patrol. 

The department reports his family, friends and a Columbus Police chaplain are by his side.

Police chief Kim Jacobs said Smith was shot by Lincoln Rutledge, 44, as officers were serving a felony warrant at his apartment at 14 W. California Avenue, just off of North High Street.

"Our officer is in very critical condition," Jacobs said on Sunday. "We won't know what happens to him for some time."

The standoff was complicated after Rutledge's apartment erupted in flames. Police say Rutledge stayed in the apartment for hours after it was set fire and was eventually apprehended.

Police were serving a warrant for arson and said they had information that Rutledge had firearms and had been acting erratically.

He’s charged with arson and attempted murder.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien has filed a motion asking that Rutledge be held without bond because he allegedly assaulted a police officer and because he poses a danger to the community.