A male suspect who was involved in an altercation with police officers Wednesday afternoon outside a municipal court was shot and killed after being tracked down at a nearby apartment complex, according to reports.
Police have not said why two officers opened fire on the unidentified suspect, who was shot in his car near the Royal Mall Apartments in Niles, according to WKBN Channel 27.
The Vindicator reports a security officer at Niles Municipal Court attempted to arrest the suspect in the halls of the courthouse when it was discovered there was a warrant for his arrest. The man ran from the officer and then tried to strike him with his vehicle outside the courthouse, according to the Vindicator.
Police used a license plate number to track to the suspect to the Royal Mall Apartments and found the man there, WFMH Channel 21 reports. The man’s car crashed into another vehicle at the apartment complex, police say.
Niles police Capt. John Marshall tells the Vindicator that “something happened” that led the officers to open fire, but police have not released details. Witnesses tell WKBN they heard five to six shots fired. Another witness tells the Vindicator that officers could be heard yelling at the suspect to put his hands up and not move.
The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on leave. The incident is being investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.