Police said 36-year-old Tavares Norris killed himself during a standoff situation in Sharon on Friday.
The coroner confirmed he took his own life in the early morning darkness on the front porch of his home in the 200 block of Sherman Avenue, near the Shenango Valley Freeway.
Neighbor Gabrielle Rich said she woke up just after 4 a.m. to police lights and sirens.
“I did hear a shot, shot fired, on the porch and that’s all that I heard and then I went inside.”
Sharon police said Friday morning’s incident started around 2 a.m. as a domestic violence call between Norris and a woman.
Police escorted her back to the house to get some belongings. They said that’s when Norris walked into the house, then came out to the porch and fired a shot.
It startled officers in the front yard, who thought Norris ran back inside. They called for the Crisis Response Team.
Norris had actually fallen behind the couch after shooting himself, and that’s where they found him.
“They had pulled the couch from their porch for them to get in because it was blocked. About nine of them went in,” Rich said.
The coroner ruled that Norris shot himself in the head. Police said no other shots were fired and no one else was hurt.
Authorities in Mercer County said they have had a number of run-ins with Norris over the years.
Records indicate more than 50 separate cases at district courts in Sharon and Farrell since 2008, and nine at the common pleas level since 2001.
One of those common pleas cases was a trial for attempted homicide. Norris was found not guilty.
Court workers said he had been set for trial in September on aggravated assault, resisting arrest and traffic charges.