BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Officers and troopers shot a man after they say he fired a handgun in the middle of the road on Market Street.
This happened near Erskine Avenue around 12:15 a.m.
Authorities say Stephen B. Wilson, 52, was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown with non-life threatening injuries.
Officials say Wilson was walking in the roadway with a handgun. When approached by officials, Wilson refused to drop the handgun or follow verbal commands of officers, according to police.
They say Wilson then began firing his gun. That’s when officers and troopers shot him.
Neighbor Devon Stanford said she was cooking and thought someone set off fireworks, not knowing it was gunshots.
“And then when I was talking to my mom, she’s like, ‘Dev, I don’t think that was a firework. I think that was a gunshot, it’s not the Fourth of July anymore,” Stanford said.
She has been living in the neighborhood for two months and her son is in middle school. After what happened overnight, Stanford is worried.
“Now to find out it was in fact a gunshot, that’s kind of scary being that there’s so many kids in the neighborhood and it was so close to home.”
Another neighbor also finds this situation unsettling for the area.
“It happened so close to my house, being right here on Market Street, but it just goes to show that the times we live in everyday, it’s getting worse and worse it seems,” said Christopher Collins.
At the time of the shooting, there were six officers from the Boardman Township Police Department and four troopers on scene. No officers were injured during the incident, according to a press release.
They say there is no threat to the community.
Ohio State Highway Patrol and Boardman Police were in the area.
There were about 40 cruisers in the area on Market Street.
Market Street from Shields Road to Meadowbrook Avenue was closed until around 9:30 a.m.
Troopers say this is considered an ongoing investigation.
Charges are pending. No other injuries have been reported.