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Recording of Struthers chase, fatal shooting released

YOUNGSTOWN — The man who was reportedly shot and killed by a Struthers police officer Friday afternoon on Youngstown’s West Side led police on a 7-mile chase on a route that normally takes about 10 minutes to navigate, according to Google maps.

The chase on Friday that began at a drive-thru on State Street in Struthers lasted less than 5 minutes, according to a recording of police radio traffic released by Struthers police Chief Tim Roddy today.

The call begins with the unidentified officer telling dispatchers he is making a traffic stop, followed a few seconds later by him saying the driver “just hit me” and he was in pursuit on State Street. There is a Wildcat Drive-Thru at 84 State St., but it is unknown if that is the drive-thru referenced in the call.

The officer says the driver, a “white male,” tried ramming him in the drive-thru and they were heading west on State Street approaching the Center Street bridge, which goes over the Mahoning River and connects Campbell to the South Side of Youngstown. The officer tells dispatchers the driver’s license plate number and to call Youngstown police for assistance, according to the recording.

Read more in Sunday’s Vindicator.

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