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Probe to begin into shooting by officer

Published: Tue, August 24, 2010 @ 12:08 a.m.




The investigative process will be under way this week for a city officer involved in a shooting that has left a man in the hospital.

Officer Phil Chance Jr. and an attorney supplied by the police officers union met briefly with city officials Monday. Chance is expected to return to the police department to supply a taped statement regarding the shooting of Cory Timmings, 18, at a South Side bar Friday.

Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said the taped statement from Chance is a normal part of the investigative process. The investigations into the shooting are being conducted by the department’s internal-affairs division, the detective bureau and the shooting team.

“We plan to have an interview with him to get his account of what happened. This is a normal part of the process. We are going to do a thorough investigation without leaning one way or the other,” Hughes said.

“The next step in the process will be proper determination of what actually happened and if there are to be criminal charges filed against the Timmings boy or if Chance did not use proper force,” the chief said. “We will look into all that. It could be a combination of those two things. The investigation will determine that.”

Timmings was shot in the parking lot of Pal Joey’s, a bar on East Midlothian Boulevard, at 2:36 a.m. Friday. Chance was helping to break up a fight and disperse a large crowd at the bar when the shooting occurred, according to a police report.

The officer shouted to Timmings to lower the music coming from his car, the police report states.

Rather than turn down the music, Timmings drove toward Chance, hitting the officer and forcing him up on the car’s hood, the report states.

Timmings, reports said, wouldn’t stop even though Chance, who rolled off to the driver’s side, told the 18-year-old man that he was under arrest.

Chance reached inside the car, trying to turn off the ignition. Timmings then increased his speed, dragging Chance, the report said.

The officer, saying he felt his life was in danger, pulled out his gun and fired a shot inside the car toward the driver.

Timmings, shot in the upper back, sped away, but his car was pulled over by police on Lake Park Drive.

Hughes said police have collected blood from Timmings, and that blood sample is being analyzed to determine if Timmings had been intoxicated at the time of the altercation.


1KingGator(10 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Wow if this is what happened it is a case of an officer fearing for his life and using deadly force.

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2usuallytoomuch(9 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

thats not what happened

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Well Animal :

We have already been informed by Cory's supporters that he is a good kid . So to sum it up we have a good kid doing bad things . In today's world the fallout from doing your thing is never your fault .

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4palbubba(811 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Good kids are not out at 2:36 AM in the parking lot of Pal Joeys during an altercation. Good kids do what an officer of the law directs them to do, not become defiant, arrogant and dangerous. If an officer is not allowed to defend himself, good luck keeping good men and women on the force.

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5Stormieangel(136 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

If what I just read is a true account of the incident, then I would tend to think the cop was justified in what he did. Could he have handled the sitation differently? Probably. But (ah, the buts in this life) he reacted to a situation as he felt he should. All of us have done this and then later, upon reflection, we realize we could/should have handled the siuation differently. However, time is an element many times. In this situation,the officer did not have the time to reflect on his options and perhaps choose a different one. Even if this is a good kid, he was wrong to hit the cop and then leave the scene. He also could/should have made a different decision. And surely at this point, he can see that; however, what is done is done. Someone will pay the price for making a bad decision; it is called 'life'. Hopefully, this kid will have learned a good lesson and let's hope the cop learned something positive also.

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6walter_sobchak(2728 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

We ask cops to protect us from criminals and to answer the call when we ask for help. Then, when they respond to a potentially dangerous situation, we have some that question the manner in which the sitution is handled since the police obviously mishandled this situation. We have a good kid from a great family who would never do anything wrong by virtue of his being a high school graduate from Lowellville H.S. being shot by an inexperienced and over-reactive police officer who has a father that served time in prison for public corruption while sheriff. Why do we even need an internal investigation? The cop is guilty and he should hang a sunrise!

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7JME(802 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago


I believe Walter was being sarcastic.

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8walter_sobchak(2728 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago


Please...you can't be serious? Read my other posts in the previous article and you would understand my feelings on this situation. To further expound, when I was 18, my MOTHER told me that if I got arrested for being not just in trouble but near trouble, don't bother to call home because I could sit in jail for the night. Thing is, I knew my mother was telling me the truth, so I never tested it.

And, btw, I have a life. So, f*** it, dude, let's go bowling!

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9saddad(655 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

If i was the cop id have shot him for charging me on foot. In a car, the kids is really lucky hes not dead from a hail of bullets in a crossfire.

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10PHISHIE(105 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

It is important to wait for the results of the investigation. However, should the Youngstown Police Dept investigate the matter?????? Such is a conflict of interest. An authority from another location should investigate.............PHISHIE

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11Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

"But he could have just shot the tire out too!"

The easiest and fastest way to stop a car is to either do a spinal or head shot on the driver .



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12mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Let's just say that the kid is lucky to be alive and wait for the investigation to be completed. The officers' father has nothing to do with the situation, so leave him out of it. I wish that Mayor Williams would have a spokesperson for the police dept. because you can't understand chief Hughes.

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13spartan17(5 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

always gotta love when people listen to the crap that is fed to them.
1. Have any of you talked to a witness? and what did they say?
2. Were any of you there?
3. How was he shot in the back when the officer supposedly shot throught the side window?

Just some things for some people to think about before they say Cory should have been killed on the spot.

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14jchsmom(2 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Can we all focus here for a minute? Not enough emphesis is being put on the fact that Cory is ONLY 18 years old and was at PAL JOEY'S...A BAR!!! I wonder who's judgement was off. He may be a "good boy", but that does not make him exempt from very bad decisions. The fact is that there are good people who, in the blink of an instant, make stupid mistakes that can possibly ruin a lifetime of good behavior...

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