HUBBARD TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – A man who troopers said was armed and dangerous has died after an officer-involved shooting in Hubbard Township on Tuesday night.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the suspect, Shawn M. Thomas, 55, of Hubbard, died at the hospital from injuries sustained in the shooting.
“It is really sad because this doesn’t happen in Hubbard. It really is terrible,” said Michael Canter, who lives nearby.
Highway Patrol’s Warren Post and the Vienna Township Police Department responded to assist the Hubbard Township Police Department in the 2100 block of Hubbard-Masury Road around 9:30 p.m. Investigators said they received a report of a domestic violence incident on private property.
According to a news release from the Highway Patrol, Thomas was impaired and armed with two shotguns. As officers approached Thomas, he ran into a nearby wooded area. The suspect was discovered around 10:30 p.m. with two guns near Van Ness Avenue, the news release stated.
After Thomas brandished his weapon at the officers, they fired their guns, striking Thomas, according to Highway Patrol.
“Next thing you know, there was a few gunshots and it kinda got quiet. A few more cops came,” Canter said.
The Eagle Joint Fire District was requested and took Thomas to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, where he was pronounced dead.
No officers were injured in the incident.
Canter lives just up the road from where this all took place. He was nearby when the shooting happened.
“It definitely is something that will stick with you, I believe, forever… Being where I was at, I probably should have just stayed home because I didn’t even like care for hearing for the gunshots. It just don’t happen around here and like I said, I feel bad for the family,” Carter said.
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Officers from Brookfield, Hubbard City and Liberty Township as well as deputies from the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office assisted on scene.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) is investigating the incident.