Amazon employee suspected of shooting at Ohio fulfillment center is dead: reports

  • A man suspected of shooting at an Amazon facility in Ohio died after a standoff with police, according to reports.

  • The suspect, believed by police to be an Amazon employee, is also said to have shot and injured a police officer.

  • According to police, no injuries were reported at the logistics center.

An Amazon employee suspected of firing a gun at an Amazon facility in Ohio has died after an altercation with police, according to local reports.

According to a news release from the West Jefferson Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement received calls at 4:42 p.m. EDT that someone had shot at the Amazon CMH5 Fulfillment Center.

According to police, no injuries were reported at the center. The suspect, who police confirmed was an Amazon employee, according to the news release, fled in a vehicle. West Jefferson Police Chief Brandon Smith told local station WSYX that the suspect “did not go further than the front of the building.”

According to Amazon’s statement to Business Insider, all Amazon employees at the facility went home with pay, evening shifts were eliminated with pay, and consulting services were offered.

“We are grateful that no one at our facility was injured in this incident and are grateful for the work of our on-site team and first responders,” Steve Kelly, an Amazon spokesperson, said in a statement to Business Insider. “As this is an active investigation, we are cooperating with the West Jefferson Police Department and will leave them with further comment at this time.”

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department declined to comment. The West Jefferson Police Department referred Business Insider to a press release on its Facebook page but had no further comment on the incident pending the investigation.

According to WSYX, the suspect, who police believe was an Amazon employee, died two hours later after a confrontation with police in Columbus – although WSYX said it could not confirm whether a police officer shot the man.

The ABC station also reported that the man shot and injured a police officer, who remains in stable condition.

Sunday’s shooting is not the first time an Amazon facility has been the scene of gun violence. In January, a 20-year-old man survived a single gunshot wound after a shooting at an Amazon warehouse in Vacaville, California, CBS reported. Last August, a local ABC affiliate reported that 19-year-old Javonte Moon was killed in a shooting at an Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Additional shootings, some fatal, were reported at Amazon locations in Lakeville, Minnesota; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Chandler, Arizona, in recent years.

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