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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.

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