The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Cody Austin Marquette, 24, in connection with a road-rage incident, in which Marquette is suspected to have pulled a gun on an-off duty Columbus Police Officer, after blocking the roadway on CR 24 last night.

Shortly after 4:30 p.m. Sunday Jan. 31, an off-duty Columbus Police Officer called Morrow County 911 to report a possible road rage incident. The officer was driving his personal vehicle and towing a trailer with wood on it south bound on CR 24 in southern Morrow County. A red pickup came up behind him and tailgated him.

The officer slowed down and pulled off to the right side of the road and waved the red pickup around him. The red pickup went around and continued south bound on CR 24. A short time later, the Columbus police officer crested a hill and noted a vehicle backing westbound on a side road.

As the offlcer approached, the vehicle pulled out in front of him and stopped. The driver got out of the vehicle, pulled out a gun, and pointed it at the officer. The officer quickly put his vehicle in reverse and backed away from the individual. In the process of backing, the trailer began to jack knife.

The suspect with the gun started to approach the police offlcer’s vehicle, still pointing the gun at him. Fearing for his life, the officer put his vehicle in drive and drove at the individual, striking the suspect’s vehicle in the driver’s side door as the suspect was getting back into the vehicle. The suspect then fled into the woods on foot. The suspect was limping when he fled. The Columbus police officer was not armed at the time and was not injured. No shots were fired.

Morrow County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team conducted a search warrant at approximately 6:30 a.m. at 3920 County Road 114 in Morrow County. Marquette was arrested on a misdemeanor resisting arrest warrant.

The search warrant for Marquette was executed without incident. No charges have been filed at this time regarding the road rage incident

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Staff report