Ohioan accused of shooting officer said behaving erratically

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of critically wounding an Ohio police officer after opening fire on a SWAT team trying to arrest him has been described by his former employer and others as behaving erratically recently.

Columbus Police say 44-year-old Lincoln Rutledge shot Columbus SWAT Officer Steven M. Smith and held police at bay for several hours in Sunday’s standoff. Rutledge is scheduled in court Tuesday on charges including felonious assault.

Rutledge was treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound and jailed Monday. Court records don’t list an attorney for him.

Ohio State University says Rutledge resigned this month from an information technology job there. The university says Rutledge’s building access was revoked in March when he began to behave erratically.

Rutledge’s estranged wife told police he had mental-health issues.

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