- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The ex-wife of the suspect in the fatal shooting of an Ohio police officer says the man’s mental health was unraveling in the weeks before the 2016 shooting.

Jennifer Young testified during ex-husband Lincoln Rutledge’s death penalty trial Monday that his behavior turned frightening on March 22, 2016, when he pushed her and screamed at her during an encounter at his apartment building.

The 45-year Rutledge has pleaded not guilty to charges of shooting Columbus SWAT officer Steven Smith in the head while officers were trying to arrest him on an arson warrant on April 10, 2016. Smith died two days later.

Young testified that she told officers at the time that Rutledge believed the FBI and CIA were after him.

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