Suspect in Columbus restaurant machete attack was on FBI’s radar

Police shot and killed the man after they say he attacked them.

Courtesy WCMH

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police have identified the suspect who was shot and killed following a violent machete attack at a northeast Columbus restaurant.

Police say Mohamed Barry, 30, walked into the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli on North Hamilton Road and attacked four people using a machete. He then fled the scene in a white vehicle.

A police helicopter located the vehicle, and officers were then able to maneuver the suspect off the road. Sgt. Rich Weiner said Barry then attempted to get out of the passenger side of the vehicle, and an officer Tased him with no effect.

Mohamed Barry
Mohamed Barry

When Barry lunged at an officer with a machete and a knife in his hand, Columbus Police Officer John Johnson, a 25 year veteran of the force, fired two shots from his duty weapon, striking and killing Barry.

Law enforcement officials say the FBI was looking at Barry for expressing radical Islamic views four years ago. For an unknown reason, the FBI moved on from him in their investigation.

He was in an FBI database, but the feds were not surveilling him at the time of last night’s attack. Law enforcement officials tell NBC News it is too soon to tell why he picked this restaurant, and say it’s also too soon to speculate on his possible affiliation with any specific groups.

Barry is originally from a West African country, not Somalia as it is widely speculated.

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