Keith Porch

Mansfield police Chief Keith Porch (Richland Source file photo)

MANSFIELD -- A Mansfield police officer was placed on administrative leave Wednesday evening after he shot an armed man suspected to be involved in an earlier shooting incident.

Officer Jordan Moore shot a 20-year-old Columbus resident after physically struggling with the suspect, according to police Chief Keith Porch, who said a preliminary investigation indicates the suspect pulled a gun before the officer shot him.

The chief said he didn't know how many rounds were fired by Moore, who joined the department in July 2018. He said placing an officer on administrative leave after a shooting incident is department policy.

Porch said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the officer-involved shooting. The condition of the Columbus resident, who was taken to OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, was not known Wednesday evening, the chief said.

Porch said the Columbus resident's name was being withheld Wednesday evening pending notification of his family. Authorities recovered a gun at the scene, the chief said.

"This investigation is still obviously active and ongoing, but I want to give you the preliminary information as I know it at this time," Porch said during a 9:30 p.m. meeting with media at the police department.

The chief said police responded to a shooting in the 400 block of Johns Avenue at 6:14 p.m., finding a 22-year-old male victim with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, where his condition was also not known on Wednesday evening.

Porch said officers investigating the shooting were given a description of a male suspect.

"A short time later, (Moore) observed a subject operating a vehicle matching the description of the suspected shooter," Porch said. "The officer attempted to stop the vehicle in the area of West Third Street and Sycamore Avenue, at which time the vehicle fled from the officer and a pursuit ensued."

The chief said the suspect fled from his vehicle in the 600 block of West Fourth Street, leading to a foot pursuit.

"(Moore) caught up to the suspect and during the ensuing struggle, the suspect pulled a gun, at which time the officer fired his weapon, striking the suspect," the chief said.

Moore suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Porch said a supervisor on the scene of the officer-involved shooting requested assistance when a crowd developed and that law enforcement officers from other communities responded.

Mansfield police officers do not yet have body cameras, according to Porch, who obtained a $50,000 grant earlier this year to obtain them. Police cruisers have dashboard cameras, though Porch said the video was part of BCI's investigation and has not been released yet.

The chief said he didn't know if the dashboard camera captured the incident between Moore and the suspected shooter.

Moore had been suspended for 10 days last fall after he dragged a handcuffed teenager. He returned to work on Jan. 11.

The original suspension had been 60 days, but was shortened based on the results of the arbitration of a previous discipline case involving the officer, Safety Service Director Lori Cope said in January.

Cope said Moore, who had been suspended on Oct. 20, returned to duty on Jan. 11 and would be paid for 50 of the 60 working days for which he was originally suspended.

On Jan. 13, an arbitrator tossed out a three-day suspension for Moore for his work investigating a May 25, 2020, hit-skip accident.

In announcing the suspension last October, Porch said Moore had violated Mansfield Police Department rules and regulations pertaining to the treatment of people in custody and unsatisfactory performance.

Moore is a Willard native who graduated from the police academy in May 2017. He was hired by the Mansfield Police Department in July 2018 after stints at the New Washington and Sandusky police departments.

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