Columbus, OH – A Franklin County deputy was targeted by gunfire as he responded to 911 call early Saturday morning.
Police said two bullets hit the back passenger side of the deputy’s police cruiser.
The deputy was not hit by the gunfire.
Around 7 a.m. on Nov. 5, a resident of the Havenwood Townhomes, just off Georgesville Road on Leesburg Court, called police to report somebody had broken into his vehicle and was going through its contents.
The owner of the vehicle told police he confronted the man, and the suspect shot at him, but did not hit him.
The suspect began shooting at the Franklin County deputy’s vehicle as soon as he arrived on the scene.
After a search of the area, police arrested Jason Kimberling, after they spotted him coming out of a vacant building near the closed-down Westland Mall.
Kimberling was arrested in possession of two different firearms.
Police said one of the guns was a semi-automatic weapon with a suppressor screwed onto the muzzle.
Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin, in an interview with WCMH, said suppressors make it even more dangerous for his deputies.
“On this type of run our deputy just came under sudden attack, he didn’t even see the suspect at first,” Sheriff Baldwin said.
“The noise of the gunfire is going to get your attention and if you can’t hear that, obviously that is very, very dangerous,” he said.
“I am extremely concerned! My personnel out there, I worry about their safety every day,” Sheriff Baldwin said.
WCMH reported that Kimberling has an extensive arrest history.
He possessed both weapons, and the noise suppressor, illegally, police said.
Kimberling was charged with felonious assault, aggravated burglary, and robbery.
He is being held at the Franklin County Jail.