Ohio Woman, 68, Faces Charges For Shooting A Columbus Police Officer


An older woman shot a Columbus police officer while he was just doing his duty to avoid her arrest. 68-year-old Rita Gray charged for shooting 53-year-old Columbus police officer Russ Weiner while he was searching her home in connection with a narcotics case.

Officers Appeared At Her Home With A Search Warrant

As per U.S. Attorney David M. Devillers press release, police officer Russ Weiner appeared at Gray’s home with his team on Chelford Drive with a narcotics-related search warrant.

The officers first tapped on the door for a long time, but they received no answer. Then they decided to enter the house and after that, Rita Gray shot Weiner. Quickly, the officers arrested her and seized her two semiautomatic Glock manufactured pistols. After suffering gunshot, Weiner underwent surgery, and now he is in stable condition.

Charges And Punishments

Rita Gray is now facing the charges of planning to distribute narcotics, possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and firing a shot in progress of narcotics trafficking offense. She will face imprisonment for 20 years minimum or a lifetime if she will convict on all charges.

On Friday 1:30 pm, the woman will present before U.S. Magistrate Judge Chelsey Vascura through videoconferencing.


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