Officers on leave after deadly police-involved shooting at Niles' Royal Mall Apartments
Officers from the Niles Police Department have been placed on leave following a deadly officer-involved shooting Wednesday afternoon.
Niles Police Captain John Marshall said more than one officer has been placed on paid administrative leave following the deadly shooting Wednesday at the Royal Mall apartments on Route 46.
Capt. Marshall could not release the names of those officers, or clarify how many there were.
Officials from the Trumbull County Coroner's Office say one person is dead, but they could not identify that person.
Police say the male suspect was due in Niles Municipal Court Wednesday afternoon for a preexisting case.
According to officials, the suspect was involved in an altercation with officials at the courthouse while they were attempting to arrest him on active warrants.
During the incident, police say the suspect struck a bailiff with the door of his car before driving away.
However, police said they tracked the license plate information to the suspect's address at Royal Mall Drive.
When police arrived, they say the suspect was already there.
According to Niles police and BCI officials, the suspect was then shot and killed in his vehicle. BCI officials say that the suspect did not exchange gunfire at the scene.
Witness Michael McGill Jenkins said, "All I heard was gunshots I looked out the window they said put your hands up and the next thing I know his car runs into mine."
The state's Bureau of Criminal Investigations has taken over the investigation as several agencies collected evidence and processed the scene.
Marshall said it is standard practice for officers to be placed on leave while an investigation into an officer-involved shooting is underway.
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