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Wed. 10:15 a.m.: Youngstown man shot in Niles apartment facing charges

NILES — A Youngstown man who was shot after being accused of kicking in the door to a woman’s residence is now facing charges.

Rodney Cole, 27, of Parkview Drive, Youngstown, is charged with felony aggravated burglary. He remains hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the torso, and Niles police Chief Jay Holland said his condition is serious.

According to a police department news release, Cole kicked in the door at 181 Royal Mall Drive early Tuesday. Officers were called to the residence about 1:15 a.m. and found Cole shot in the chest.

According to the police report, he was shot by the woman after he brandished a firearm. She pulled her own gun and shot him.

Cole was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. The woman has not been charged.

According to Niles Municipal Court, there is a warrant for Cole’s arrest on the aggravated burglary charge and for probation violation following Tuesday’s shooting.

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