Niles Police Chief Jay Holland responded to the Trumbull County Coroner’s ruling on Matthew Burroughs’ death.
The coroner ruled that Burroughs’ death was a homicide.
Police shot Burroughs while they were trying to arrest him at the Royal Mall Apartments. Police said he had a warrant and tried to run over officers with his car, causing officers to fear for their lives.
Holland said homicide is a medical term used by the coroner. It does not mean that Burroughs was death was caused by a criminal act, rather his death was caused by another person.
“A lot of people probably don’t know that that’s a medical term. It doesn’t mean that there’s a criminal liability attached to it,” he said.
Watch the video above for Holland’s explanation of the ruling.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation is conducting its own investigation of Burroughs’ death.