Fri. 11:15 a.m.: No charges filed in Niles police shooting
WARREN – A Trumbull County grand jury declined to indict any Niles police officers in the Jan. 2 shooting death of Matthew Burroughs of Niles.
That information is contained in a 35-page report released by Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins today.
Niles officers shot and killed Burroughs, 35, as he sat behind the wheel of his car near the front of his Royal Mall apartment off state Route 46.
He had just returned home from Niles Municipal Court, where he had a run-in with a Niles Municipal Court probation officer. Two Niles police officers – James Reppy and Christopher Mannella – were placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting, which was investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, an arm of the Ohio Attorney General’s office.
Other Niles police officers also were involved, as seen in cell phone videos provided by two Royal Mall residents. They showed about five officers surrounding Burroughs’ car just after the gunfire ended.
Burroughs was unarmed, but Niles police said they felt Burroughs was using his car as a weapon, and they fired on him out of fear for their safety.