Warren police investigating man’s death

WARREN – Police disclosed little information on Tuesday about their investigation into the death of a man whose body was found inside his home on the southwest side of the city earlier in the day.

Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk ruled the death of Mitchell Pruitt, 50, 1570 Deerfield Ave. S.W., a homicide.

Germaniuk said Pruitt died from multiple gunshot wounds. However, the coroner said he could not provide any additional information because the investigation is ongoing.

Police went to Pruitt’s home around 2:30 a.m. after receiving reports that there was a gunshot victim there, according to a Warren police report. The report states that the caller, Tashia Leasock, 26, of Union Street, told officers that she had gone into Pruitt’s home and found him in the kitchen. Leasock told officers she thought Pruitt was dead. Police did not find anyone else in the residence.

Police wouldn’t say whether they have a suspect.

Warren police detective Nick Carney told the media that anyone with information about the crime can call the detective bureau at 330-841-2660.

Court records show Pruitt had several brushes with local law enforcement, ranging from resisting arrest to drug possession charges. In 2013, he was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, to which he was found guilty earlier this year. in February, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with 30 days of that suspended. He was also given 30 days credit for time served.

He was charged with drug possession in 2004, but pleaded guilty to an amended indictment of attempted cocaine possession. He was sentenced to six months in county jail in that case, but the sentence was suspended and he was placed on two years probation.

Pruitt’s funeral arrangements are pending with Staton-Borowski Funeral Home.

His death marks the fourth homicide in Warren in 2014.

Deon Sanders, 22, of Youngstown, died after being shot in the chest on June 18 at 228 Forest St. N.E. No one has been charged.

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. The homeowner was not charged.

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. Four men have been charged in connection to his death.