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Warren man shot to death after standoff with city police

WARREN — A man told police officers he wanted to commit “suicide by cop” shortly before an officer-involved shooting left him dead overnight Monday, 911 calls reveal.

David Lee Rigg, 44, of 2161 Hamilton St. SW, Warren, was shot to death following a nearly two-hour standoff after Rigg barricaded himself inside the house. Officers said he had a gun, reports state.

Police were called to the home just after 10 p.m. Monday on reports that a man was beating a woman in front of her children, who are 5, 12 and 16. The call was made by one of the children’s worried friends.

The Warren Police Department has asked the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, an arm of the Ohio Attorney General’s office, to review the shooting.

The officers involved were uninjured, Steve Irwin, a spokesman for Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, stated in a news release. The investigation continues, Irwin said Tuesday afternoon.

It appears the woman and children were no longer in the house when police arrived. As many as seven women had gathered outside by the road.

Upon officers’ arrival, a man came to the door carrying a firearm, the 911 report states. Officers held the man at gunpoint until he walked backed inside the house, the report adds.

Shortly before 11 p.m., Warren officers asked 911 dispatchers to call in the Crisis Response Team, which is comprised of officers from various police departments specially trained in crisis incidents such as hostage situations and standoffs. The man was sending cellphone messages to the women outside.

One officer said the man made statements such as: “Either you are coming in to kill me, or I am going to kill you.”

“I talked to him through the door; he doesn’t seem to mind me. He is very adamant, he is going to have us kill him. He wants suicide by cop and that’s that,” one officer told a dispatcher, transcripts of the recorded conversation shows.

Officers set up a staging area at nearby Agape Assembly Church with an ambulance and used police cars to block the nearby intersection of Nevada Avenue and Hamilton Street. Other officers took positions around the house, the report states.

At one point, it appeared the man was going to come outside. However, three minutes before midnight, several shots were fired and the man was “down,” according to reports.

Details of who fired the fatal shot or what triggered it remain unclear.

One officer said he saw police huddled together with their weapons pointed toward the ground at the back door to the home. The man’s torso was still in the kitchen, face down, and the lower half of his body was on the ground outside the back door, he stated.

Trumbull County sheriff’s deputies and the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to assist with controlling a large crowd that had gathered outside the home.

Warren Mayor Doug Franklin late Tuesday said four officers have been placed on paid administrative leave. He declined to identify them, citing terms of the police labor contract.

This is the third shooting in Warren in three days. Franklin said investigators do not believe this police-involved shooting had any connection to the other two shootings in recent days.

On Sunday morning, a drive-by shooting killed 24-year-old Delquan Ware of 2951 Linda Drive NW, who was driving a Chevrolet Malibu that crashed into another car near the intersection of Summit Street and Tod Avenue NW.

Early Saturday morning, three people were shot at an apartment in the 500 block of Southern Boulevard NW.

A city official said the two weekend shootings appear to be related.

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