By Alton Mitchell
What started as a routine burglary call for a local police department on Friday turned into a life or death situation for a police officer and an hours long standoff with an armed suspect for dozen of his colleagues.
Around 2:00 pm on Friday Columbus police officers responded to the report of a burglary at a home on Hilton Avenue in the upper class Hilton Heights area of the city’s Midtown. The family who lives at the home returned home and noticed a moped style scooter at their home. The family phoned police.
Officers arrived and began searching the home. During the course of the search the suspect was still in the home. Officers in the home came across the suspected burglar who fired a shot at one of the officers striking the officer in the chest. That officer was rushed to a local hospital while the call went out to local agencies to advise of the shooting and suspect still in the home.
Columbus Police and their S.W.A.T. team converged on the home and set up a perimeter with weapons drawn on the residence. The suspect had barricaded himself in the residence. Officers tried for hours to talk the suspect out of the home peacefully. Those actions resulted in a nearly 5 hour standoff.
At around 6:00 pm after determining there were no hostages in the home the Columbus S.W.A.T team fired several flash style grenades in the home and rushed in to take their suspect into custody. That suspect was identified as 34-year-old Daniel Crisp he was taken into custody without injury and booked into the Muscogee County Jail with bonds totally nearly $400,000. In addition to the burglary and shooting of the officer Crisp is also believed to have stolen the scooter he was driving earlier in the day from another home in Columbus.
The injured officer was identified as Joshua McQuien. McQuien was treated and released from the local hospital the same day. The bullet stuck the bulletproof vest of the officer stopping the bullet from penetrating the officer’s body. According to sources close to the case the officer was doing ok and had only suffered some bruising and soreness from the impact of the bullet to his vest.
The Friday shooting of McQuien is the second shooting of an officer in the area in 2016. On May 28th a deputy with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department was shot by a motorist during a routine traffic stop along Interstate 185. That deputy was identified as Jamie White he was shot once in the face near the left eye. Deputy White did survive the incident and the suspect was arrested in that case as well.