Autopsy report on man shot by police pending

David Rigg involved in two-hour standoff with officers Monday

WARREN — A report from the autopsy of David Lee Rigg, the 44-year-old man who was the victim of the police-involved shooting Monday night at his home on Hamilton Street SW, is pending from the Cuyahoga County medical examiner.

A spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office in Cleveland did not release the findings of the report to the media on Thursday. Kathleen M. Meszaros, chief forensic investigator for the Trumbull County Coroner’s office, said she hadn’t received word from that office on Friday.

Rigg’s body was sent to Cleveland for an autopsy after the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation took over the case early Tuesday.

Rigg was shot to death after a roughly two-hour standoff that began around 10 p.m. Monday at 2161 Hamilton St. SW following a report of domestic violence at the house.

In a post on social media Thursday, Warren police Chief Eric Merkel offered condolences to Rigg’s family and identified the four officers placed on leave after using deadly force against the Warren man.

“Mr. Rigg presented a deadly threat with a pistol. Officers responded with deadly force,” Merkel stated in the post on the department’s Facebook page.

The chief said officers Michael Edwards, William Fowler, Brian Martinek and Trevor Sumption were placed on administrative leave, per department policy, because they were involved.

Steve Irwin, public information officer with the Ohio BCI, did not respond to a request Friday to release some of Rigg’s autopsy report.



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