Ohio police no longer allowed to serve overnight warrants

Warrants will no longer be served at private residences for non-violent felonies and misdemeanors during the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.


By Amanda Spence

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Division of Police have revised a policy involving serving warrants during the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. after the shooting death of Donovan Lewis.

WSYX reported that Officer Ricky Anderson shot and critically wounded Lewis while serving warrants at an apartment involving other officers at 2:30 a.m.

Chief Elaine Bryant sent out a letter to the division of police, detailing that overnight warrants will no longer be served at private residences for non-violent felonies and misdemeanors.

“Effective immediately and until revised or recorded by me, no pre-planned arrest warrants shall be served at private residences for all misdemeanor offenses (including domestic violence) and non-violent felony offenses between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. without prior approval of a lieutenant or above,” Bryant wrote.

The new policy won’t impact tactical units such as SWAT or task force personnel.

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