Akron police officer shoots armed teen in hand; BCI investigating

Published: Sep. 3, 2022 at 9:11 PM EDT
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AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - Akron police said an officer shot an armed 16-year-old boy in the hand Saturday evening after hearing gunfire during patrols.

According to Akron police, officers were patrolling in the area of Longview Avenue and Manchester Road around 6:30 p.m. when they heard multiple shots fired.

Officers drove to the 700 block of Longview Avenue and approached the rear of a home to investigate.

According to police, as officers approached the rear of the home, they encountered multiple male subjects; at least one of them was armed with a handgun.

Resident Bill Rader said he wants the community to heal.

“Well I think if everyone pulls together as a group and tries to come together & find out what your neighbors are all about,” he said.

During the encounter, one officer shot his department-issued weapon, striking a 16-year-old male suspect in the hand.

Officers were able to take the subject into custody without further incident; they administered first aid and called for an ambulance.

The 16-year-old was later transported to Akron Children’s Hospital in stable condition. His injury is considered non-life threatening.

Multiple firearms were recovered from the scene, according to police.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations is handling the investigation.

Officials confirmed this incident marks the third police shooting in Akron since June 2022.