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Driver fatally shot by Akron police overnight after chase

Chase ended with deadly shooting on Bridgestone campus
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Posted at 6:39 AM, Jun 27, 2022

AKRON, Ohio — Akron police fatally shot a driver following an attempted traffic stop in the city’s North Hill neighborhood early Monday, according to the Akron Police Department.

Police said it started around 12:30 AM when they attempted to stop the driver on Tallmadge Avenue in Akron's North Hill neighborhood, but he fled. Within a few seconds of being on Route 8, officers say a firearm was discharged from the driver's vehicle.

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Driver fatally shot by Akron police overnight after chase

Officers pursued the driver down Route 8 and I-77 where the vehicle exited into the Firestone Park area.

The driver then slowed his vehicle, jumped out and fled on foot, heading northbound through a grassy area into a parking lot at Bridgestone.

The driver was shot by officers. Police say they immediately administered first aid until EMS arrived. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:03 a.m.

A witness told News 5 he heard between 30 and 45 shots.

“I heard two shots. I heard a bunch of police cars going down the road because I can see Main Street from my house,” said Richard Barnes, a resident. “Then I heard a bunch more shots, probably 30-40 more. And then a bunch more police cars flying past, so when I got down here they were taping everything off already.”

Police said as far as they could tell, only one person was in the vehicle. No officers were injured.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office will provide an update once positive identification is made.

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