Motive sought in Austintown family killings

By Elise Franco

AUSTINTOWN — Police continue to search for answers after two members of a township family were shot, one killed, by their daughter’s ex-boyfriend.

Gerald Kidd, 52, and his son Ian Kidd, 32, were shot by Richard Forrester, 41, of Niles, inside their home at 4301 Mahoning Ave. just before 10 p.m. Thursday, police said.

Gerald Kidd died Friday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and leg. Police said Ian Kidd, who was shot in the stomach, is in stable condition and expected to recover.

Police Chief Bob Gavalier said Forrester was the ex-boyfriend of Gerald Kidd’s daughter Kourtney Kidd, 24, who was not at the home during the shooting. Gavalier said Forrester shared a home in McDonald with Kourtney Kidd until the relationship ended.

Police were called to the two-story, brick house by Delee Kidd, 52, Gerald Kidd’s wife, who hid in a second-story room during the shooting. She was not injured.

As police approached the house, gunshots could be heard, and Ian Kidd was observed staggering down the middle of the road clutching his abdomen, police said.

Officers said they saw blood on the floor of the home’s basement.

They began calling into the basement, and a man responded, “I’ve been shot.” The man then said, “He is dead.” Forrester then emerged with a handgun to his head and said, “You’re going to have to shoot me,” according to the police report.

After unsuccessfully attempting to talk Forrester to put the gun down and noticing a second handgun in his pants pocket, officers said a stun gun was used to try to subdue him. Police said Forrester was tazed three times before shooting himself. He died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Gavalier said Forrester was involved in a shooting in Weathersfield earlier Thursday night when he threatened to kill his ex-wife and children. No one was injured in that incident.

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