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Coroner IDs man killed by city police

Mathue O’Malley, Youngstown officer exchanged gunfire early Thursday morning

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office has identified the man shot and killed by Youngstown police early Thursday in the 100 block of South Maryland Avenue on the West Side as Mathue O’Malley, 27.

The coroner’s office was notified at 1:06 p.m. Thursday by St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital that he had died, according to a coroner’s office press release. Earlier that day, Youngstown police released information on the shooting. O’Malley was in critical condition at that tiame.

Around 1 a.m. Thursday, a Youngstown police officer and O’Malley exchanged gunfire in the 100 block of South Maryland Avenue. O’Malley was injured in the exchange, Youngstown police stated. No officers were injured in the episode, according to the news release, which was issued about 9:15 a.m. Thursday.

Officers were dispatched to the home for a disturbance call. When the first officer arrived, the officer “was immediately met with gunfire from a male inside the house,” the release states. The man now identified as O’Malley was shot in the exchange of gunfire that ensued.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called to conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting, the press release states.

The Youngstown Police Department Internal Affairs Division also will conduct an internal investigation, which “reviews departmental policy,” the release states. “Officer(s) involved were placed on administrative leave pursuant departmental policy.”

The homicide was the 12th of the year in Youngstown, and the third homicide in three days last week.

The homicide before O’Malley’s death was Wednesday night, when local mentor and activist William “Shimmie” Miller, 49, was found shot to death inside a car on Steel Street near Salt Springs Road on the West Side.

Youngstown police have not provided much information, but the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office, when it released the identity of the man who was killed, stated that it was notified of Miller’s death at 10:26 p.m. Wednesday.

The homicide before that was Tuesday, when Zarian Dothard, 19, was shot to death in the 500 block of East Judson Avenue on the South Side about 10 p.m.

The family of the Lyndale Wilkins Jr., 17, turned Wilkins in to police in the case “at the same time” that police were responding to the shooting and found Dothard in the driveway of a home with a gunshot wound, Youngstown police stated in a press release.

Wilkins is in the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center after his initial hearing before a juvenile court magistrate on Thursday.

The homicide before that was June 9, two days before the Dothard killing, when Te’nya Mckinley, 18, of Youngstown, was shot to death in a car on Glenwood Avenue near Sherwood Avenue on the South Side.

Police were called there at just after 11 p.m. for a shooting and found Mckinley with a gunshot wound. She was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Nearly 100 bullet shell casings were found at the scene, according to police. A ShotSpotter notification indicated 131 rounds of gunfire were detected at the approximate time of the shooting, the press release stated.

That homicide was preceded by multiple “car meets” in the city throughout the day, “where vehicles and the people driving them disregarded traffic laws, the safety of themselves and others, and common sense,” a Youngstown police press release stated.

“There were dozens of vehicles and people participating in these car meets, including the last one where the homicide occurred,” the release stated.

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