Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren is at St. Francis Hospital recovering from a heart attack he had early Friday, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said.
Boren, 64, started having chest pains in his home around 2:30 a.m. and drove himself to the hospital shortly after 4 a.m. Doctors confirmed Boren had a heart attack due to a partial blockage of the artery, the mayor said.
“When he got to the hospital, they were able to diagnose that right away and took him in,” the mayor said. “There is a procedure where they don’t have to cut you open. They just go in through a vein in your arm, and they were able to dissolve the blockage.”
The chief of police is expected to remain in the hospital through Saturday night. Tomlinson said Friday afternoon the cardiologist wants to monitor his condition.
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The mayor said she visited Boren at the hospital Friday morning. By that time, his procedure was already complete and the chief was sitting up in the hospital bed in good spirits, she said.
“It looks like they caught it early,” Tomlinson said. “I’ll tell you he looks great. He’s in good spirits. He was chatting with people when I was there.”
Boren started his career with the Columbus Police Department in 1971. Now in his 11th year as police chief, Boren leads a department with 488-sworn officers and a fiscal budget of $27.8 million.
As a young detective, he was involved in investigating many of the city’s most notorious crimes, including the Stocking Stranglings.