Man shot by cop after shovel attack charged

Posted at 3:05 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-29 11:13:09-04

The man who was shot by police in Akron Monday after allegedly trying to attack a Humane Society of Greater Akron officer with a knife and shovel has been charged. 

McCullen Webb, 33 of Akron, was charged Tuesday with felonious assault.

Police said that around 2 p.m. officers responded to a call for help from a humane society officer in the 2100 block of 18th Street SW. The officer had pulled over his van to make a phone call when the 33-year-old man approached the driver's door with a shovel in his hand. 

According to officials, Timothy Harland, the humane officer, opened the van door and asked Webb if he needed anything. That's when Webb started to swing the shovel at the officer. Webb then pulled out a knife and cut Harland on the face, head and arm. 

The responding Akron police officer tried to deescalate the situation by telling the suspect to drop the knife, police reported, but the suspect refused and attempted to go towards the officer with a knife in his hand. The officer deployed his Taser at the suspect and then fired several shots, hitting Webb in the lower abdomen. The suspect was then arrested. 

Harland was taken to Akron General Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition. Webb was also taken to Akron General in serious condition. 

The officer involved is a nine-year veteran of the Akron Police Department, police said. He will be placed on paid administrative leave.