Police: Witnesses’ quick info helped find machete attacker

Police say quick observations by employees and patrons witnessing a machete attack at an Ohio restaurant helped authorities track down the fleeing suspect, who was fatally shot in a confrontation with officers a few miles away.

A Columbus police spokesman says witnesses gave a great description of the white getaway car and even took video that provided partial information on the license plate. Sgt. Rich Weiner (WY’-nur) says officers confronted the man, who was holding a machete and a knife. Weiner says police tried unsuccessfully to use a stun gun on him, then shot him when he lunged at officers.

It’s unclear what motivated the Thursday evening attack at a Mediterranean restaurant in northeast Columbus. Four people were hospitalized; there was no immediate word on the extent of their injuries or condition.

Weiner says it appeared to be a random attack.

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