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Thu. 10:04 a.m.: Man sentenced to prison for shootout with police in Boardman

YOUNGSTOWN — Stephen B. Wilson, 53, pleaded guilty today to 15 charges, including 10 counts of felonious assault, and was sentenced to 18 to 23 1/2 years in prison in a Sept. 7, 2019, shootout between Wilson and police on Market Street in Boardman.

Boardman police said the incident began when a Boardman officer saw Wilson walking in the roadway on Market Street near Gertrude Avenue around 12:15 a.m. and told him to use the sidewalk for his safety.

As the officer drove away, Wilson fired a shot from a pistol at the officer, hitting the back of the cruiser.

The officer radioed for help, and a passing trooper from the Ohio State Highway Patrol came to assist, Boardman Police Chief Todd Werth told Judge John Durkin today during Wilson’s hearing in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

The trooper and officer both gave Wilson commands to drop his gun, but he just started walking again north on Market Street.

Eventually there were 10 officers there following Wilson on foot and issuing commands for him to drop his weapon, the chief said. About 10 minutes and several blocks of moving later, Wilson approached a busy convenience store, Wilson fired at officers again.

Officers returned fire, incapacitating Wilson.

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