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.
NEW: @ColumbusPolice Chief says no pre-planned arrest warrants served at private residences for all misdemeanor offenses (including domestic violence) between 11 p/6:00a without prior approval of Lt or above. This comes on heels of police-involved shooting of Donovan Lewis. pic.twitter.com/pEWeYnmcbf— Lu Ann Stoia (@stoiawsyx6) September 9, 2022