Shots From 2 Officers Leave 1 Dead at Popular Columbus Bar

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campus_CharliebearTwo officers were involved in a shooting that left a 22-year-old dead at Charlie Bear: Land of Dance early Monday morning.

There was a disturbance in Charlie Bear, a dance club, at about 2 a.m. Monday. Jonathan D. Rodgers, age 22, was pronounced dead at 2:12 a.m.

Columbus Division of Police Sgt. Richard Weiner said Tuesday Rodgers died from an officer’s gunshot. He said the incident started as an argument in the club.

“What happened was there was some kind of disturbance, an argument between people inside of the bar. The one individual told people he was going to go outside to get a gun and … take care of business,” Weiner said.

The man, later identified as Rodgers, got into a car before returning outside and shooting at an unidentified man coming out of Charlie Bear, Weiner said.

Weiner said the two officers who were working special duty in the shopping complex witnessed the incident and both shot multiple times.

A Columbus Police press release said that those shots “struck the man.”

No other injuries were reported, and a handgun was later recovered at the scene. Police are still investigating the incident and looking for the man who was shot at by Rodgers, according to the press release.

The names of the officers involved have not yet been released.

Charlie Bear is located at 2885 Olentangy River Road. The club announced it was moving from its previous South Campus Gateway location at 1562 N. High St. in late October.

Some said safety was one concern that led to Charlie Bear vacating the Gateway area. READ MORE HERE

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