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Youngstown PD's internal affairs probes incident

Published: Thu, September 8, 2011 @ 12:05 a.m.

Staff report


The city police department’s internal-affairs office is investigating a weekend incident in which one officer fired his revolver and another officer fired his stun gun as they subdued a 14-year-old boy, who they said attacked them with a board.

Officers William Ward, 36, and Curt Hileman, 39, were sent to a house in the 300 block of West Indianola Avenue just before midnight Friday in reference to a combative juvenile using a board as a weapon.

According to police reports, the officers yelled to the boy several times to drop the board, to no avail.

The boy’s mother yelled to the officers: “That board’s got nails sticking out of it. Watch out,” the officers said in their report.

The boy then hit Ward several times with the board in the back of his head, neck and back, causing Ward to fall to his knees.

Ward reported he then drew his revolver and fired one shot toward the boy, with the bullet missing the boy and entering the ground in front of him.

The boy then backed away from Ward and advanced toward Hileman, who drew his electric shock weapon. The boy hit Hileman’s hand with the board and ran south toward the rear yard of the house before Hileman fired his stun gun, striking the fleeing boy with both darts and causing him to fall to the ground.

The boy was handcuffed and taken to the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center on a charge of delinquency by way of felonious assault.

The officers went to St. Elizabeth Health Center for medical treatment.

A 41-year-old man, who said he had earlier tried to calm the boy down, told police the boy picked up the board and tried to strike him several times with it before he fled the scene and the boy’s mother called police.


1HOWARD307(12 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

This brings a new level of youth being "bored" to light.. Y-town is best suited for a reality show. When I talk to family and friends, all over the world, the topic always swings to "what's new in Y-town" - sarcastically.

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2NoBS(2182 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

First, did a 10-year-old write this story? WHY was the 14 year old so agitated he was attacking police officers with a board with nails in it? Why were police called to the scene in the first place? Who was the anonymous 41 year old man who earlier tried to calm the 14 year old? When did he try to calm the 14 year old, and why? Further, does anybody need the over-simplified explanation of what a taser is?

Now, the cop who fired his weapon into the ground (some reports I've encountered call it a 'warning shot') should immediately receive training on not only accurate target acquisition and shooting, but also departmental policy on 'warning shots.' The other cop - why would he wait until the 14 year old was close enough to strike him before he fired his taser? Does HE need training, too?

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3Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Whats to probe, keep the little punk in Juvee till he's 21 and let the officers go about there business. It's a sad society when this punk does all this and bleeding hearts feel bad for him because he got a warning shot and tasered. Don't you think it's about time we show these young punks who really is in charge! I have my doubts who really is in charge here. The 41 year old man and the punks mother should've beat the sh@#4 out of the punk. Adults scared of punks. Amazing.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

This boy has his rights and the police intimidation of him will be reviewed . . ..

This young fellow should have been put down and cuffed without all the theatrics . With two cops working in unison this could have went down much better .

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5JimmyB(18 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I must be missing something. Not seeing any need for an IA investigation. Being attacked by someone with a board with nails in it? All bets are off. It was generous of the officer not to shoot him.

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