Man’s death ruled homicide

WARREN – City police were still working on Wednesday to sort out details of the fatal shooting on the city’s northeast side the previous night.

The Trumbull County Coroner’s Office ruled the death of Deon Sanders, 22, of Youngstown, a homicide. He died after being shot in the chest at 228 Forest St. N.E.

Warren police said Wednesday that they still were not clear what led to the shooting inside the house. As of Wednesday night, no charges had been filed. Capt. Robert Massucci said investigators should have more definite answers within the next day or so.

Police questioned Fred Washington Jr., who was living at the residence and whom neighbors identified as the shooter.

Sanders, of 164 Dennick Ave., Youngstown, previously admitted involvement in gang activities, but police said Wednesday that they do not believe the shooting was gang-related.

Sanders pleaded guilty last year to robbery charges, according to Mahoning County Common Pleas Court records. He was scheduled to be sentenced July 9.

On May 27, a Mahoning County judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest, ordering him to be taken into custody and held without bond.

Records also show that he was a member of the H Block gang based in the Hilton Avenue area of Youngstown. He, along with three other gang members, were indicted in 2012 on charges ranging from aggravated robbery and illegal possession of firearms. At that time, his bond was set at $100,000.

Police reports state that Sanders died on the way to Trumbull Memorial Hospital after the shooting Tuesday. They initially thought that Sanders was someone else because identification found on his body was for another person.

Police were called at 8:26 p.m. Tuesday by neighborhood residents who reported four gunshots and that someone had been shot at the home.

The house is registered to Michelle Profera, who neighbors said was in a relationship with Washington.

Police said they could not confirm statements from neighbors that Washington had warned neighbors recently of the possibility of a shooting or that there had been an ongoing dispute between Washington and Sanders.

Police also would not comment on remarks by neighbors that Washington had told them he had to shoot Sanders because he had run through the house shooting.

It was the city’s third homicide of the year.

Kyran Adkins, 17, 2456 Milton St. died May 7. Police said he was shot by a homeowner while attempting to break into a Brier Street S.E. residence with another individual.

James Levels, 64, Beal Street N.W., was fatally shot April 6 in what police called a home invasion at 918 South Street S.E.