Boardman police: Officer fired shots at bicyclist who pulled knife during traffic stop

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BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – There was an officer-involved shooting in Boardman overnight that left a male suspect hurt.

It happened around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday on South Avenue near Mathews Road.

Police said it was a traffic stop involving a bicycle.

Police radio traffic: “I’ll be out with a male on a bicycle with a baseball bat. South Avenue and Matthews Road.

A Boardman police officer stopped a suspicious male and when the officer went up to him, the suspect pulled out a knife and came toward the officer, police said.

Police said the officer commanded the suspect to drop the knife multiple times before the officer fired several shots.

Police radio traffic: “Shots fired! Shots fired! …Suspect’s down.

The suspect was shot multiple times. The first officer and officers responding for backup were able to start treating him on the scene. The suspect was taken to the hospital.

No officers were hurt.

Extra patrols were called in for crowd contol.

Police radio traffic: “We got a little crowd control problem here.
Dispatcher:We have Youngstown, Struthers, Lowellville, Poland. A bunch of people on the way.”

The officer who fired the shots is on paid administrative leave while this is being investigated. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is also involved.

Our news crew also saw a baseball bat next to the bicycle. That bat was taken from the scene.

We also saw one shell casing near the rear tire of a police cruiser.

Police cleared the scene just after 6 a.m.

South Avenue was closed near the intersection for several hours but has since reopened.

The Boardman Police Department does not have body cameras but Monday night, trustees approved to spend the money to get some.

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Mel Robbins Main Area Middle

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