The Columbus Police Division late Friday afternoon released the name of the officer who shot a gunman who officers say shot them early Thursday morning in the foggy parking lot of a restaurant in Merion Village.
Officer Thomas Hammel, who has been with the Columbus Police Division for three years, shot and killed Raymond Richard Hampton, 26, on the south side in the dumpster area of the parking lot outside Tee Jaye’s Country Place, located at 1385 Parsons. Av.
Police responded at around 5:15 a.m. to the restaurant after receiving a gunfire alert from the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system. Responding officers made several attempts to convince Hampton to lay down his gun.
Hampton fired the gun twice after police arrived, but when he fired at police, Hammel shot him, police said.
Hampton was rushed to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in critical condition. It was later upgraded to a stable state and should survive. No officers were injured.
The man was first taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in critical condition but was later upgraded to stable condition. No officers were injured.
Hampton faces three counts of felony assault.
It was the most recent shooting involving Columbus police in which a person was injured since the death of Donovan Lewis on August 30. Lewis, 20, was shot in the abdomen by Officer Rickey Anderson while Columbus police were serving a warrant for his arrest at his apartment on the 3200 block of Sullivant Avenue on the Hill.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the two shootings involving an officer in accordance with city policy.