Police shoot and kill man in Farrell

Staff and wire report


State police are continuing to investigate the Thanksgiving Day altercation that ended in police shooting and killing a man.

Two Southwest Regional Police officers went to a home on Dream Boulevard around 3:15 p.m. because of a domestic dispute, Southwest Police Chief Riley Smoot confirmed Friday.

But Smoot said he cannot discuss what may have happened that resulted in the death of Donteau Napier, 27. He also said he will not name the officers involved, adding that by early next week, he expects the department to make a statement. They’re both on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation.

State Police in Mercer are handling the investigation. They also said there will be no more information until Monday.

Smoot said that it is his department’s policy to ask state police to investigate such circumstances.

“We turned it over to them immediately,” he said.

He said that after the shooting, more Southwest officers along with Sharon police responded.

Napier was pronounced dead at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. The Mercer County District Attorney’s Office also is investigating the shooting.

Napier had been involved in several thefts in the past few years and was sentenced to prison in 2009 for terroristic threats, simple assault and retail theft. Napier was formerly of Youngstown.

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