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6 exposed to unknown substance after Ohio police respond to overdose in Walmart parking lot

Posted at 1:13 PM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 15:13:39-04

OBERLIN, Ohio — Authorities have confirmed that six people were exposed to an unknown substance after officers responded to an overdose call at a Walmart store in Oberlin, Ohio, on Tuesday afternoon that triggered a hazmat situation and decontamination procedures at nearby Mercy Health Allen Hospital.

According to police sources, the hazmat situation started when officers responded to a drug overdose in the Walmart parking lot. While they were interacting with the person who overdosed, police were exposed to a substance that caused them to become unresponsive.

The unknown substance is now being tested at the Lorain County crime lab, police said. A total of six people came into contact with the substance or the suspect. The emergency room at the hospital was temporarily closed for mandatory decontamination.

The Oberlin Police Department has asked the public to stay away from the Walmart store for the time being.

Authorities have not released any additional information.

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This story was originally published by Drew Scofield on WEWS.