Charges dropped against man in incident with Grant Medical Center security officers

(Courtesy: Mellena Jackson and Franklin County Jail)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- The charges have been dropped against the man involved in an incident with OhioHealth security officers at Grant Medical Center.

Shelton Adams, 38, won't face disorderly conduct charges after an altercation with three security officers on Monday night. According to Franklin County Municipal Court records, OhioHealth asked for the case to be dismissed.

A witness, who captured the events on cell phone video, said she started recording when she saw the officers follow Adams out of the hospital and saying to "leave me alone." In the video, officers is seen pushing Adams and one officer extended a retractable baton. At that point, Adams flicked his cigarette toward the officers, prompting one officer to use pepper spray on Adams and then tackle him.

OhioHealth officials said the officers, who are off-duty as part of a fact-finding suspension, followed protocols, but added "we believe there was an opportunity for our team to look beyond their official training and exercise more compassion coupled with good judgement in engaging with Mr. Adams."

The hospital continues its investigation and the future of the officers will be determined when that's concluded.

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