2 suspects injured in officer-involved shooting in Lakemore

2 suspects injured in officer-involved shooting in Lakemore
Officer-involved shooting in Lakemore. (Source: WOIO)
Lakemore shooting (Source: WOIO)
Lakemore shooting (Source: WOIO)
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LAKEMORE, OH (WOIO) - The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting that injured two suspects in Summit County.

The shooting happened just before 5 a.m. Tuesday morning in the Village of Lakemore.

Police were called to Tractor Supply at 1500 Canton Rd. for a break-in.

An employee was working inside the closed store, overnight, when she heard the merchandise alarm going off outside. The employee saw an individual attempting to load store merchandise into a van. The employee then saw the van traveling away from the scene, heading toward the back of the plaza.

Police found the van at 1271 Main St.

Springfield Police officers arrived as back-up.

The van's driver put the vehicle in reverse and rammed a Lakemore police cruiser, which was parked directly behind it.

Since it was being used as a weapon, according to officers, they fired and hit two suspects.

The driver and passenger were both taken to Akron City Hospital.

Their conditions are not known at this time.

The police officers on the scene were not injured.

Neighbor Jason Tackett heard the police gunshots around 5 a.m.

"They broke into Tractor Supply, they came down the back cut, they were playing possum in the van. They went to put it in reverse, the cops did their job," said Tackett.

The nearby resident shot a video, which shows the officers approaching the van with protective shields as the two injured men inside refused to come out.

The passenger had a head wound but was talking, the driver was not, and the van was taken away for more analysis by BCI.

As is always the case, the officers involved have been put on administrative leave.

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