Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, along with the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge #9 and United Dairy Farmers, is pleased to recognize Columbus Police Officers Joshua Wright, Edward Reichenbach, and Joel Dobney as the recipients of the Bryan Hurst/Tony Luzio Officer of the Month Award for October (this was scheduled for last month but did not take place). Please read details below:
On September 6, 2017, at about 1:41am, Officer Joshua Wright was dispatched on an unknown complaint at 3511 Providence Glen Drive that read that a female was crying and no one was responding on the phone. Upon arrival, Officer Wright heard several people yelling from inside the apartment. Shortly afterward, he heard a single gunshot coming from the apartment. Officer Wright aired “shots fired.” An “Officer in Trouble” call ensued. Officer Edward Reichenbach and his Probationary Officer Joel Dobney were close by and responded to assist. The officers quickly made a warrantless entry to ensure the safety of everyone inside. Once inside, they saw the victim in front of the door on top of the suspect, Bazi Faki, striking him with a frying pan. There was a loaded handgun within arm’s reach of Mr. Faki by the front door. The officers quickly retrieved it for safety reasons. Mr. Faki had multiple facial wounds and had been stabbed with a large sword. The victim sustained a single gunshot wound at some point during the incident. It was determined that Bazi Faki kicked in the door and had the family at gunpoint inside. At some point, the suspect had fired off at least three rounds because casings were located inside the apartment. The family fought back with the sword and the frying pan. Mr. Faki was subsequently charged with Aggravated Burglary. These three officers have been recommended to be awarded the Silver Cross.
The award presentation took place on Wednesday, November 8th, around 9:45am, at the Fire Fighters Union Hall located at 379 W. Broad Street.
Any questions, please contact Marilyn Smith at 614-645-4749.