Suspect identified in Monday shooting


By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@delgazette.com



Officials have released the identity of a Dublin man who was killed Monday night after a chase with law enforcement.

The Delaware County Coroner’s office reported Wednesday that it had completed the preliminary autopsy of Omar Alshammary, 26, of Dublin and determined the cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Officials from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tuesday that around 9:50 p.m. Monday a chase began in Marion County when a vehicle failed to pull over for troopers from the Marion Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

The chase headed south on U.S. 23, officials reported.

Jill Del Greco, public information officer for BCI, said Tuesday that during the chase gunfire was exchanged between the vehicles. Sheriff’s officials said the chase continued until spike strips were used to deflate the Alshammary’s tires and he crashed into a pole as he turned onto U.S. 42.

Del Greco said when officers approached the vehicle they found Alshammary had died and a handgun was recovered in the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at 11:20 p.m.

Officers from the City of Delaware Police Department, Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies and troopers from the Marion and Delaware posts of the highway patrol were involved in the chase and shooting.

Apart from the Alshammary, no one was injured during the incident.

The Delaware County Coroner’s Office reported Wednesday afternoon that final autopsy report findings would be available in 10-12 weeks. The investigation is still ongoing.

Southbound traffic on U.S. 23 was closed for several hours while police conducted an investigation.

By Glenn Battishill

gbattishill@delgazette.com

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.