Suspect dead in Akron's second officer-involved shooting in 24 hours

Suspect dead in Akron's second officer-involved shooting in 24 hours
Suspect dead in Akron's second officer-involved shooting in 24 hours. (Source: WOIO)
Suspect dead in Akron's second officer-involved shooting in 24 hours. (Source: WOIO)

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The Akron Detective Bureau confirms the 49-year-old suspect involved in a manhunt in Kenmore Saturday morning was shot and killed by Akron police.

Police say officers responded to the 1300 block of Carey Avenue for a shooting shortly after 3:30 a.m.

A woman reportedly called police saying she was upstairs sleeping when her brother-in-law woke her up and said that he shot his wife in the basement, and wanted her to go downstairs to check.

As the brother-in-law went down to the basement, the woman and another family member fled the house and ran to a neighbor's house to call police, according to police.

Police say the woman reported the suspect suffers from bi-polar disorder and has made multiple threats to kill himself, other family members, and the police if they approached him.

Responding officers secured the perimeter of the house and the SWAT Team was activated, according to police.

After getting no response, officers reportedly entered the house and a camper in the back yard.

According to police, officers then located Gidget Talbert, 45, with a fatal gunshot wound to the head inside the camper and pronounced her dead on scene.

Police say officers then started a neighborhood canvass looking for the suspect with multiple calls coming into the dispatch center relating to the suspect.

Shortly after 6:00 a.m., a resident in the 1300 block of Fawler Avenue called police and reported a male forced open her enclosed front porch door and entered the porch, police say.

According to police, the male then knocked on the door and asked the resident to use the phone.

The resident reportedly called police but the suspect fled before officers arrived.

Police say around 6:30 a.m., a 40-year-old man reported he was dropping off a friend on Swinehart Avenue when he was flagged down by the suspect.

The suspect asked the man to drop him off at a gas station on Wooster Road, according to police.

When the man arrived on Wooster Road, he reportedly got out of his car and walked towards the gas station.

Police say the suspect then pulled out a handgun, got into the driver's seat and drove off northbound on East Avenue with the victim's 2008 Hyundai Sonata.

Around 9:00 a.m., a relative called police and reported the suspect was on his brother's front porch in the 1100 block of McIntosh Avenue, according to police.

The suspect was reportedly standing on the front porch holding a gun to his own head, but fled before officers arrived.

Shortly after, police say a resident of the 1100 block of Kohler Avenue called police and reported the suspect, armed with a handgun, entered her back door.

According to police, the caller's boyfriend confronted the suspect with a shotgun and told the suspect to get out of the house before the suspect walked out the front door.

As officers approached the address on Kohler Avenue, they reportedly observed the suspect running from the house, gave loud verbal commands to stop and drop the gun.

According to police, the suspect attempted to run again and was shot by officers near the intersection of Kohler Avenue and 25th Street SW.

Police say officers rendered first aid until paramedics arrived and transported him to Cleveland Clinic Akron General where he was pronounced dead around 12:30 p.m.

He has been identified as Robert Talbert, the husband of the woman found dead in the camper.

Reports confirm the officers involved are a 15-year veteran and a 2.5-year veteran and will be placed on paid administrative leave consistent with department policies.

A handgun was reportedly recovered near the suspect.

The stolen Hyundai Sonata was recovered in the suspect's brother's driveway on McIntosh Avenue, police say.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct autopsies on both Gidget and Robert Talbert.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation responded and will assist with the investigation and processing of the crime scene.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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