AKRON, OH (WOIO) - A Stow police officer shot and killed a man in front of an Akron homeless shelter after a disturbance late Sunday night.
According to the Stow Police Department, officers responded just before midnight to a home on Meadowbrook Boulevard. Police say a man beat on the home's door and asked the occupants for cigarettes. He then fled the area.
Police later located the man on a nearby street in Stow and took him to the Haven of Rest Ministries on East Market Street in Akron, which serves as a homeless assistance shelter. The officer then requested backup from Akron police because the man started to get aggressive while in the parking lot. Before Akron police could arrive, the Stow police officer reported that shots were fired, and both the man and officer were injured.
"This is not unusual for someone to bring someone who is out and about, down to the Haven of Rest so they can get that place of refuge," said Jeff Kaiser, Executive Director of Haven of Rest Ministries.
Stow police confirmed that the man who was shot by the officer died from his injuries while at an Akron area hospital. His identity was not immediately released. The officer was treated for his injuries and was later released from the hospital.
"He wasn't harmful to anyone. I've never seen him be harmful to anyone, or aggressive to anybody. But his soul was aggressively eating at him," said friend, Khal Dun.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is working to determine what exactly transpired in the parking lot.
"My friend heard the stun gun first, and then we heard two gunshots. We didn't want to come over," witness Rob said.
"He saw the guy get tasered, he heard gunshots, then he backed away to make sure nothing was really amiss," Dun said.
Those who knew the man say they think he struggled with mental health issues.
"Two nights ago, he was running around here screaming at the top of his lungs, acting crazy," Rob said.
Witnesses also tell us the officer seemed shaken up after the shooting.
"He was sitting over there on the curb there and was shaken up. There as another officer there consoling him," witness John said.
The officer has been with the department for more than 10 years. He has been placed on paid administrative leave.