Teen shot in the chest

WARREN – A city teen killed in a confrontation with a homeowner on Wednesday died from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Trumbull County Coroner’s Office.

The coroner on Thursday ruled the death of Kyran Adkins, 17, 2456 Milton St. as a homicide.

It is not clear from the report whether Adkins was shot more than once. Investigators declined to specify.

Meanwhile, police said they were 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, who was inside, opened the door. Emerson told police that one of the males held a gun. Emerson told police he also had a gun and fired to defend himself.

As of Thursday, Emerson faced no charges.

The person with Adkins has yet to be identified, police Lt. Jeff Cole said. Earlier reports stated that the only description police had of him was of his clothing, but officers found the clothes discarded in the nearby woods, according to police reports.

The investigation is ongoing, Cole said.

Emerson, of Burton Street, told police he was inside his unoccupied house on Brier Street 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 police report states that Emerson only fired while being confronted.

Adkins reportedly collapsed nearby in the yard of a home on Wick Street and was taken to St. Joseph Health Center, where he died.

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.