Man killed in car dispute

Shots fired in street following argument

WARREN — A man was killed after an argument in the street about a car blocking the road on the city’s southeast side, according to the Warren safety service director.

Michael Blackwell, 37, of Warren, died after police were called just before 4 a.m. to Beck Street SE at Rogers Avenue SE, according to a 911 call summary. Beck Street and Rogers Avenue SE are in a Trumbull Homes development and next to Willard PK-8, a Warren school.

Blackwell was in his car, blocking the road, when an argument started with another driver trying to pass by, said Enzo Cantalamessa, Warren’s safety service director.

“They were fighting, now they’re shooting,” one 911 caller told dispatchers.

Numerous people called 911 to report the shooting, according to the calls.

One 911 caller reported hearing four or five shots and reported a few people tried to help the victim. The caller told police the shooter was in a dark blue truck, the call summary states.

Neighbors reported seeing a man with a gun walking around and people gathered around the victim, some screaming.

Blackwell appeared to some callers to have died at the scene, while another reported he was breathing. One caller told dispatchers some of the people tried to load him in a vehicle, while another said it appeared they were taking him out of the vehicle in order to leave the scene.

Blackwell was booked in the Trumbull County Jail 32 times since 1998 and had 75 entries in Warren Municipal Court, mostly on traffic and criminal citations and charges. Most of the charges filed against him were drug related, but also included cases of domestic violence and disorderly conduct. He was on probation when he died and was most recently released from the jail in July after spending more than two months there on drug possession charges, according to court and jail records.

There were several witnesses, but they were not being cooperative with police, Cantalamessa said.