Springfield Township police shoot, kill man accused of shooting at them Wednesday

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  • 2022-10-05 20:13:21Z
  • By Akron Beacon Journal

Springfield Township police shot and killed a man accused of shooting at officers about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the man's home off East Waterloo Road.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that the shooter, a 38-year-old male, died. The medical examiner's office said an autopsy will be done Thursday and the office will put out another update after next of kin are notified.

The shooter, who has not been identified, was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital, township police said in a news release. The shooting happened at a residence in the 2300 block of East Waterloo Road, police said. The location is in a mixed residential and commercial area near Canfield Road and Springfield Lake.

"The shooting occurred during a follow-up investigation of a zoning law violation at a residence in the township," the department said in the release. "While conducting the investigation, the officers were shot at by the property owner. The officers returned shots, incapacitating the shooter."

The officers were not injured, the department said.

Andrea Dalton, a neighbor of the man who died, said the zoning dispute apparently involved trucks parked on the man's property that the township wanted to be removed. The township had removed two trucks over the winter and came to the property Wednesday to remove a third truck, she said.

"He had two that were already hauled off," Dalton said. "They gave him chance after chance."

She said the man kept to himself.

"In six years I've only seen him three times," she said.

Dalton said she gave investigators a digital audio recording of the shooting but she did not have video of the incident. She was not home at the time of the shooting.

Another neighbor said he heard four to five shots in the morning in quick succession but did not realize the shots involved township police.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called to the scene and will handle the investigation, according to the release.

The officers will be placed on mandatory administrative leave, which is customary in officer-involved shootings, the department said.

Springfield police said they will not be releasing additional information "at this time," but that further updates will be made as more information becomes available.

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Springfield Township police fatally shoot man accused of firing at them


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