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Boardman cop shoots man who crashed into cruiser

Published: Tue, July 30, 2013 @ 12:33 p.m.

Boardman cop shoots man who crashed into cruiser


Township police are investigating an early morning chase in which a suspect was shot by police.

At 12:21 a.m. today, police were called to the Shell Gas Station on Market Street at Shields Road on a report of an individual in the parking lot asking people for money. The same person had been suspected of theft from the store a few days earlier, according to police.

Before police arrived, the man, later identified as Robert Lee Swope, 30, left the gas station, traveling south on Market. Police saw the vehicle and stopped it in the lot of CVS on U.S. Route 224 at Market.

As the officer approached the vehicle, Swope reversed his vehicle, accelerated and crashed into the cruiser — nearly striking the officer who jumped out of the way, police said

Swope then accelerated forward toward the officer again and the officer fired his weapon into the door of the car, according to police. Swope then fled from the CVS lot with officers following.

The vehicle was finally stopped at the Shell station at Lockwood Boulevard and Route 224. It had been reported stolen from Youngstown.

Swope suffered a gunshot wound to the lower leg and was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Police are consulting with the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s office and the incident remains under investigation.


1redeye1(5543 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Now This officer should be given a commendation for his actions. The driver sounds like a hop-up crack head anyhow.

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2georgejeanie(1432 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

I'm sure the driver was just getting his life back together, and was loved by his family, and would not think of doing anything that might involve a cop drawing his weapon and have to shoot this unarmed beautiful person.

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3UNCOMMONSENSE(616 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

georgejeanie...he was 30 years old... he probably was confused and hit the gas instead of the brake. Either that or he had a traumatic childhood bumper car flash experience. Go figure!

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4LtMacGowan(708 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Unfortunately I know this POS. He used to live in Fountain Square Apartments when I lived there. He was a thug who stole and broke into cars. I couldn't be happier the cops shot him.

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5walter_sobchak(2635 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Yes, you make good points. Hopefully, while in custody, they give him some cookies and warm milk, provide him with some counseling and give him many hugs and pecks on the cheek. Thank God the officer was able to return home to his family unharmed.

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6MFC997(261 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Nice restraint shooting into the door. He could have emptied his gun through the windshield and would have been fully justified given the attempt to run him over. Personally I would have just blown his head off and not taken the chance. Well done officers, you are better men than I. Go home to your families now.

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7southsidedave(5185 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Yes Al and Jesse to the rescue!

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