Arrest warrant issued for suspect shot by Boardman Police officer
Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a 24-year-old Boardman man shot by a township police officer during a confrontation early Tuesday.
Damian Cessna has been charged with felonious assault following an incident along South Avenue near Matthews Road shortly before 1 a.m.
A recording of police radio transmissions obtained by 21 News reveal that an officer reported that he was investigating a man on a bike with a baseball bat on South Avenue near Matthews Road just before 1 a.m. Tuesday.
Police Chief Todd Werth said that Cessna had a knife and threatened the officer who had ordered him several times to drop the weapon.
Werth said the officer "engaged" Cessna after refusing his commands, then handcuffed him and gave him first aid while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
A radio call went out for another police cruiser responding to “step it up”, which was followed by an officer urgently announcing “Shots fired! Shots fired!” and that a person was down.
A call also went out for police from surrounding communities to respond as well as two ambulances and the fire department were dispatched to the scene.
After an officer reported a possible problem with crowd control, a dispatcher said that police from Youngstown, Struthers, and Lowellville were on the way.
Cessna was taken to Mercy Hospital for surgery and was last reported in stable condition.
Werth said that the officer, whose name is being withheld, is on paid administrative leave as per police department policy, while the investigation continues.
No video of the incident is available since township trustees approved the purchase of police body cams only last night.
Police blocked off South Avenue just north of Matthews Road during the investigation.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is processing evidence at the scene.
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