Teen dies in shooting during home invasion

The Youngstown teen was killed during a struggle with one of the victims.

YOUNGSTOWN — An attempted burglary on an East Side home resulted in the death of a 17-year-old.

Preston Williams of Youngstown was killed after several shots were fired inside a Clinton Street home during a home invasion early Saturday morning.

The resident of a home told police he and another man heard a knock at the back door about 12:30 a.m.

The victims said they asked who was at the door, and a female replied, “It’s Lisa.”

When one of the victims opened the door, a male, later identified as Williams, pointed a gun at him, forcing his way into the house, the victim said.

The victim said he began struggling with Williams, and the gun went off.

The homeowner said he saw the struggle and went to get his .38-caliber revolver. Four of six rounds were fired from his gun.

Police said when they arrived, Williams was found unresponsive at the bottom of a staircase leading to the basement of the house.

The victim who struggled with Williams said he took the 9mm semiautomatic Smith & Wesson that Williams used in the attack and put it on a chair in the kitchen.

Police said it won’t be known which weapon was used to kill Williams until the coroner’s report is completed.

The victims told Youngstown police two other men also entered the house.

One, who was identified as Michael Mims of Crandall Avenue on the city’s North Side, was also shot. His injuries were treated, and he was released into police custody and charged with murder and aggravated robbery.

The victims were taken to the Detective’s Division of the Youngstown Police Department and later released. This killing and another on Saturday would raise the city’s 2008 homicide toll to 27.

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