Uniontown police identify officer shot as 25-year veteran Sergeant David White

Posted at 11:19 PM, Jul 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 18:57:03-04

The Uniontown police officer who was shot while responding to a domestic violence call Sunday evening is a veteran police officer in Stark County.

Sgt. David White was shot four times while responding to a call for help. The suspect was killed when police returned fire. 

Sgt. White is now at Summa Akron City Hospital in stable condition. His fellow officers are shocked by what happened.

"They're all stunned," said Uniontown Police Chief Harold Britt. "You would never think that would happen, especially to Dave. He's very experienced. It's an emotional drain on the officers and the family."

The police chief stressed what happened on Lela Avenue after 10 p.m. illustrates that domestic violence calls are among the most dangerous for police officers. 

In this case, a woman called 911 to report a domestic disturbance involving her brother. 

Sgt. White, who is in charge of the midnight shift and has been with the department since 2002, responded with the only other officer working.

But investigators tell News 5 that 28-year-old Ryan Probst started shooting, hitting the sergeant four times.

It's not clear if both Sgt. White and his partner fired their guns but gunfire was returned and Probst was shot and killed.

A 2014 police report shows Uniontown police were called to Probst's home for a domestic violence call involving his wife and baby. The child was not injured in that case. Authorities also said Probst had a history of assault, aggravated menacing, and police said they have confiscated weapons from him in the past.

According to the Stark County Sheriff's Office, other people who were inside the home left before the shootout. 

Sgt. White is married with four children.

The shooting was captured on both police body camera video and cruiser dash camera video but it has not yet been released. 

It's not clear how long Sgt. White will be in the hospital but his chief said he's looking at a long road to recovery.