Suspect shot during attempted bank robbery in Liberty, police say

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This Home Savings location will be closed through the weekend

LIBERTY TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Police said an officer shot a suspect during an attempted bank robbery in Liberty Township Thursday.

Police identified the suspect as 23-year-old Dabraylin Hawkins, of Youngstown.

They said he walked into Home Savings on Belmont Avenue Thursday morning. A uniformed police officer working security at the bank reported seeing a gun in Hawkins’ hand and stopped him.

Police said Hawkins and officer exchanged fire and Hawkins was hit at least once. He then ran into Belmont Park Cemetery.

“The suspect was shot. He did make it out of the bank and he was apprehended in the lot of Jimmy’s restaurant,” said Liberty Police Capt. Ray Buhala.

That meant the injured suspect ran more than a quarter of a mile across Belmont Park Cemetery, where police caught up to him.

After the arrest, police searched the cemetery, looking for evidence. They found the suspect’s clothing and weapon with the help of dozens of police officers from several communities.

“He gave the officer distress call over the air and you see the response,” Buhala said.

Hawkins was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for treatment. He was listed in serious, but stable, condition.

He’s facing charges of aggravated robbery, felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon.

Because it was both an attempted bank robbery and an officer-involved shooting, police said this will be a very complicated investigation.

“Every agency that you can think of — state and federal — came to our assistance today,” Buhala said. “That’s why we have the ending that we do. We have evidence recovered, a scene getting processed, witnesses being debriefed and one person in the hospital, shortly going to jail.”

Liberty police and the FBI are investigating the attempted bank robbery. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification will handle the officer-involved shooting.

The police officer, who has not been identified, is on paid leave during the investigation.

This Home Savings location will be closed through the weekend.

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