Akron police investigating teen's death after he dies in the back of police vehicle

Akron police investigating teen's death after he dies in the back of police vehicle
According to police, a bear was struck by a vehicle around 5:45 am, on I-77 in Akron. (Source: WOIO)

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - A medical examiner has released the name of the teenager who died Friday night in the back of an Akron police vehicle. Police said 17-year-old Xavier McMullen shot himself while in the back of the cruiser.

According to police officers responded around 10 p.m. to the 2200 block of 10th Street after a report of an armed robbery. A 41-year-old woman and 36-year-old man told investigators three men approached them while they were sitting in their van.

The victims told police the men produced a handgun and demanded money. Akron police said all three suspects fled on foot once they took property from the victims.

Officers went to a house on 7th Street where the owner allowed police access to the home, all three suspects were apprehended and placed in separate police vehicles.

Police said a shot was heard and officers went to the police vehicle occupied by a 17-year-old suspect. Police said they found McMullen mortally wounded and a gun was next to him.

Xavier's friends and family say this shouldn't have happened.

"If those cops would've searched those children, one of them would not be gone now. He would be safely in jail, now we have to go to his funeral," said Megan Bess.

Police have launched an investigation.

"So we can't say at this time, was there a pat down?" asked Cleveland 19 News reporter, Sia Nyorkor.

"Not at this time. We have to do an investigation. All the officers that were involved will be required to respond and tell us exactly what happened," said Captain Daniel Zampelli, Akron Police Department.

Two 18-year-olds were charged with aggravated robbery. Matthew Allen and Anthony Criss are currently in the Summit County Jail pending their arraignments.

This is a developing story. We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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