Tuesday 11:24 a.m.: Reports say man shot by police had a gun

WARREN — The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations was asked by the Warren Police Department to investigate following a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred at a southwest side home shortly before midnight Monday.

According to a 911 report and one Warren police report, police encountered David Lee Rigg, 44, at the house. He had apparently barricaded himself inside at 2161 Hamilton St. SW after police responded to a domestic violence call.

Reports said he had a firearm.

The officers involved were uninjured, according to a news release from Steve Irwin, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office. The investigation is ongoing, Irwin said.

Trumbull County 911 logs state that someone called shortly after 10 p.m. Monday to say a 44-year-old man was beating a woman in front of her children ages 5, 12 and 16.

Police responded and a man came to the door with something in his hands, the 911 report states. At the time seven females were found near the road and officers were advised them to get away from the house.

Officers told dispatchers the man was held at gunpoint, and officers said there was a firearm in his hand. The man walked backed inside the home, the report states, with officers last seeing him through a window on the southwest side of the home.

By 10:50 p.m., Warren officers asked 911 to activate the area Crime Response Team comprised of various police departments. During this time, officers told 911 the man was inside texting to the women outside, and going online.

The man was not talking to police, the report states, with one officer saying he made statements such as, “either you are coming in to kill me, or I am going to kill you.”

Officers had set up a staging area at a nearby church with police cars blocking the nearby intersection, with other officers setting up positions around the house, the report states.

A 911 report at 11:24 p.m. states the man was going to come out and talk to one of the officers. But shortly before midnight, the report states shots were fired with the suspect down.

At 12:15 a.m., Chief Eric Merkel ordered BCI to be called in to investigate because it’s an officer-involved shooting, according to the 911 log.

One officer’s account said he saw officers huddled together with their weapons pointed toward the ground at the back door to the home. According to the report, the man’s torso was still in the kitchen face down with his lower half laying on the ground outside the back door.

The 911 report showed other police departments, including Trumbull County sheriff deputies and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, responded to help with controlling the large crowd that had gathered outside the home.

Irwin said further statements about the incident may be forthcoming.


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