Police investigate death in Bazetta Twp., foul play not suspected

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Investigators don't suspect any foul play

BAZETTA TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Police blocked off a road for about two hours Monday in Trumbull County while conducting a death investigation.

Investigators said they don’t suspect any foul play and believe the man took his own life.

Cortland police said it started as a domestic dispute at a house on Heritage Lane in the city around 6 p.m.

Officers then followed the man, Robert Michael Bell, 50, to a house in the 2800 block of Cadwallader-Sonk Rd. in Bazetta Township.

According to a press release, Cortland & Bazetta Officers located Bell at the house on Cadwallader Sonk Rd. and attempted to speak with him. A Trumbull County Sheriff made contact with Bell by phone and shortly after Bell agreed to exit his house a single gunshot was heard.

Police found Bell dead at the scene.

The victim reported she had been choked and bitten by her ex-boyfriend. Officers say she also told them the man had a large number of firearms and threatened to come back to harm her and himself.

The victim stated the two broke up the day before.

Cadwallader-Sonk was blocked off from Howland Wilson to Henn Hyde roads.

A neighbor said when it started, police told them to stay inside and lock the doors.

Police cruisers and an ambulance were on the scene, which was cleared about 8:30 p.m.

The victim from the house on Heritage Lane was hurt but not seriously.

Both the Cortland and Bazetta police departments are investigating.

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