Three additional charges filed against man shot, killed in Boardman
Township police filed three additional charges Friday against Daniel A. Fitton Jr., the Boardman man shot and killed by police Wednesday night.
Fitton was killed in a standoff at a Cook Avenue apartment where he and his girlfriend lived.
Fitton was initially charged with inducing panic, but police, in an effort to complete the investigation, added domestic violence, aggravated assault and felonious assault charges to the documentation.
“They’re really not charges,” said Jack Nichols, police chief — adding that police can’t charge a dead person.
Police were called about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday to the 817 Cook Ave. four-plex after they were told Fitton had a gun inside the apartment with his girlfriend and two children.
Fitton barricaded himself in the apartment with the gun to his head when police arrived. After 69 phone calls by police in an attempt to negotiate with Fitton, he began firing his weapon inside the apartment. A couple of hours later, police saw Fitton break a window screen followed by a muzzle flash.
That’s when two officers returned fire, hitting Fitton in the upper chest.