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Wounded Ohio Officer Not Expected to Survive


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The man charged with shooting and critically injuring Columbus SWAT Officer Steven M. Smith early Sunday was ordered held without bond at an arraignment this morning.

Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Jim O'Grady ruled that there was too much risk to the public to allow Lincoln Rutledge out on bail.

Smith was shot in the head and is not expected to survive. He is on life support.

Jennifer Young, Rutledge's estranged wife, said that Rutledge, 44, had assaulted her and a close friend; walked away from his $87,000-a-year job at Ohio State University after increasingly erratic behavior; and threatened Young with gun violence -- all since mid-March.

In a call to 911 about 24 hours before Officer Smith was shot, Young told a 911 call-taker that she was on vacation but feared for the safety of her house-sitters. She said Rutledge had two shotguns and a 9 mm handgun, although she thought his concealed-carry license had expired.

Smith, 54, was shot as he and other officers responded and approached Young's apartment building at 14 W. California Ave. He was in critical condition Monday night at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center.

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