Tue:, 12:10pm: UPDATE1- Coroner: Teen died from gunshot wound to the chest
WARREN – A city teen killed in a possible confrontation with a homeowner on Wednesday died from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Trumbull County Coroner’s Office.
The corner has ruled the death of Kyran Adkins, 17, 2456 Milton St. It is not clear whether Adkins was shot more than once.
Meanwhile, police said they are examining evidence, following leads and “putting the facts” together in the aftermath of the fatal shooting at 2248 Brier St. S.E. just before noon.
Reports indicate Adkins and another male, who remains at large, were attempting to break into the house when the homeowner, Gregory Emerson, 32, confronted them and shots were fired as he was defending himself.
Police said Adkins collapsed nearby in the yard of a home on Wick Street and was taken to St. Joseph Health Center. Police and the coroner’s office confirmed that he died at the hospital.
The only description police had of the second person was of his clothing, but officers found the clothes discarded in the nearby woods area, according to police reports.
Emerson has not been charged. Police said the investigation is ongoing.
Emerson told police he was inside his unoccupied house when he heard a banging noise at the rear of the house. As he went to investigate, the noises continued. After the third time, Emerson said he went to the door with his gun in hand.
When he opened the door, a male wearing a red jacket with a gray hood stood there holding a gun. Emerson said he was startled once he saw the gun, so he fired, the police report states.
There was another man standing behind the house, but Emerson said he did not get a good look at him. He identified the second person as wearing a navy blue jacket.
Both men ran north toward Wick Street. Some accounts claim that Emerson kept firing after the pair turned and ran, but the initial police report states that Emerson only fired while being confronted.
The shooting set off an intense manhunt involving an Ohio State Highway Patrol airplane, a K-9 unit, police officers and sheriff’s deputies. At least two probation officers were at the scene as law enforcement scoured the area extending from the Brier Street house to nearby properties.
A K-9 unit searched the area around John F. Kennedy High School, which, along with Warren’s Willard K-8 school was put on lockdown for about an hour.