Ohio State Defensive Tackle Haskell Garrett Told Columbus Police He Was Attempting to Break Up A Fight When Shot Sunday Morning

By Dan Hope on August 31, 2020 at 4:00 pm
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Ohio State defensive tackle Haskell Garrett was attempting to break up an argument between a man and a woman when he was shot early Sunday morning, he told Columbus Police.

According to the narrative report of the incident obtained by Eleven Warriors and first reported by The Athletic's Bill Landis, Garrett told Columbus Police that he was walking toward Chittenden and Grant Avenue when he observed a man and a woman he did not know “arguing and being aggressive.” After Garrett told the man to stop arguing with the woman, the man turned toward Garrett, pulled out a handgun and fired, hitting Garrett in the face.

Garrett then ran a half-mile to his friend's apartment on East 11th Avenue, where police found him after responding to the scene of the shooting at 12:28 a.m. Sunday and finding a shell casing and a trail of blood that led to the apartment.

In addition to Garrett, police interviewed two additional people at the scene, including Ohio State linebacker Pete Werner, according to the report.

Garrett was transported to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center after being found by police. He was released from the medical center on Monday after receiving what Ohio State coach Ryan Day described in a statement as “excellent care.”

“On behalf of his family and this football program, we would like to thank all those who have been a part of Haskell’s treatment and we are grateful that he will be heading home today,” Day said Monday morning. “We will continue to help him and his family any way we can to expedite his recovery.”

Columbus Police's investigation into the shooting is ongoing, and a suspect has not yet been identified.

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