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Two people shot by police in Lakemore officer-involved shooting

Posted at 9:37 AM, Feb 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-13 16:42:18-05

Two men were injured in an officer-involved shooting that happened Tuesday morning in the Summit County village of Lakemore.

Police said the shooting stemmed from a theft case at Tractor Supply Co., located at 1500 Canton Road.

Around 4:46 a.m., a Springfield township officer was dispatched to the store after a merchandise alarm went off, authorities said. An employee of the store told police she saw an individual attempting to load merchandise into a van. 

A short time later, Lakemore police located the vehicle near the 1270 block of Main Street. A Springfield Township officer arrived on scene to back up the other officer.

Authorities said the van's driver put the vehicle in reverse and rammed the Lakemore officer's cruiser.

Shots were fired and the van's driver and passenger suffered serious injuries, according to Mark Kollar, special agent with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Both men victims were taken to Summa Akron City Hospital, but their conditions were not released.

The officers were not hurt in the altercation.

BCI in handling the investigation and will turn over its findings to the Summit County Prosecutor's Office, which will determine if the officers were justified.

Lakemore is about 10 miles southeast of Akron.