Wed. 1:38 p.m.: Howland officers cleared in Feb. 7 shooting

WARREN – The two Howland police officers involved in a Feb. 7 fatal shooting outside Giant Eagle in Howland have been cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins said no charges will be filed against Howland police Chief Nick Roberts and Assistant Chief Jeffrey Urso, who were involved in the fatal shooting of Richard Latimer, 34.

“This case will not be presented to the Trumbull County grand jury as there is not a scintilla of evidence – let alone probable cause – to believe that any officer committed a crime that night,” Watkins states in a news release.

Latimer was killed by multiple gunshots in grocery store’s parking lot on East Market Street following the killing of Van Blevins, 44, at his home on Main Street in Weathersfield earlier that evening. Police were searching for Latimer after his wife called 911 and said she saw him shoot Blevins. Latimer was shot by Roberts and Urso, who went to the parking lot to look for Latimer after being tipped off that he was in the area.

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