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Officers ID'd in Kent police-involved shooting

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Posted at 9:18 AM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-22 13:21:04-05

The four officers involved in a fatal shooting in Kent last week have been identified.

Officers Benjamin Darrah, Dominic Poe, Michael Carnahan and Sean Driscoll are all on paid leave during the investigation, as per police protocol. 

The officers responded to a home in the 600 block of Virginia Avenue around 3:46 a.m. last Thursday for a report of an unwanted man inside a home creating a disturbance.

The woman who called 911 told police that her cousin, 25-year-old Douglas Yon, was armed with a machete and refused to leave the house. 

When officers arrived, they were engaged by Yon, who was allegedly wielding a 2-foot long machete. 

Police officials said at least one of the officers fired shots to stop the threat. 

At the time, Kent Police Chief Michelle Lee said department policy is to "treat lethal threat with lethal force."

newnet5.com reviewed the officers' personnel records. Here's what we found:

Officer Michael Carnahan

  • With KPD for one year, 10 months
  • Named 2014 OVI Enforcement Officer of the Year
  • Was involved in one minor traffic accident in June 2014

Officer Dominic Poe

  • 8 years with KPD
  • 2013 Officer of the Year
  • 2008, 2011, 2013 OVI Enforcement Officer of the Year
  • Was involved in three minor traffic accidents

Officer Benjamin Darrah

  • 15 years with KPD
  • Awarded for outstanding performance in firearms qualifications
  • Part of the U.S. Marshal Service Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force

Officer Sean Driscoll

  • 3 months with KPD
  • No personnel file records yet