Four injured in Ohio restaurant machete attack, police kill suspect

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 12, 2016 12:43 PM

(Reuters) - Police shot and killed a machete-wielding man who injured four people at a Middle Eastern restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, police said on Friday.

Police have not released the name of the victims, one of whom was critically injured in the Thursday night incident. Officials also did not release the name of the attacker but CBS News identified him as Mohammad Barry. Reuters was unable to immediately verify the report.

The suspect had walked into the restaurant and argued with an employee before leaving, returning with the machete a short time later and attacking customers, according to police.

The suspect fled and police caught up with him about 4 miles away as he exited a vehicle armed with a machete and a knife, police said in a statement.

Officers first used a Taser and were unsuccessful in trying to subdue the man and then shot him multiple times when he lunged at an officer, police said.

Restaurant staff and customers did not recognize the man, Columbus police spokesman Sergeant Rich Weiner said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting Columbus police in the investigation, said Supervisory Special Agent Rick Smith of FBI's Cincinnati division.

(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Editing in Bill Trott)