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COLUMBIANA COUNTY Confrontation at trailer park leaves one dead, one injured



Published: Mon, April 8, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The man was armed with a semiautomatic rifle bearing a 30-round magazine, a deputy said.

By NORMAN LEIGH

VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU

ALLIANCE -- A Columbiana County woman is dead, and the man suspected of shooting her is hospitalized.

Authorities think a domestic dispute triggered the gunfire that killed Teresa Stoffer, said Pete Whitmore, chief Columbiana County deputy sheriff.

The county sheriff's office was called about 6 p.m. Sunday to the Rogers Mobile Home Park along U.S. 62 in Knox Township, just east of the Alliance city limits.

The unidentified caller said a man in the park was shooting a rifle.

At the scene: Dozens of law enforcement officers from different departments converged on the scene, Whitmore said this morning.

Authorities surrounded the park and entered two mobile homes located across a drive from each other, Whitmore said.

One trailer belonged to Angela Doak, the other to Stoffer.

Stoffer was found outside her trailer and was pronounced dead at the scene.

She is believed to have been a friend of Doak's, Whitmore said.

Inside Doak's mobile home, authorities found Gregory Doak, 44, a Knox Township resident, whose address is undetermined.

Gregory Doak is Angela's estranged husband and the suspect in Stoffer's shooting, Whitmore said.

Wounds: He had multiple gunshot wounds to his body that police think were self-inflicted.

No law enforcement officer fired his firearm during the episode, Whitmore said.

Doak was armed with a .223-caliber semi-automatic rifle that was equipped with a 30-round magazine, Whitmore said.

Doak was taken without incident and transported to Alliance City Hospital and then to Akron General, where he underwent surgery.

Authorities are waiting for an updated condition.

Police said they think Doak fired about 20 rounds from the rifle before they arrived.

No one besides Stoffer and Doak was hit by gunfire, Whitmore said.

The investigation is continuing, and charges could be filed today, Whitmore said.




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