Akron police: Suspect shot after attacking humane officer, threatening police with knife

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AKRON, Ohio -- Akron police say an Akron Humane Law Enforcement Officer was attacked as he was pulled to the side of 18th Street, SW near Chandler Avenue to make a telephone call, at around 2 p.m. Monday.

While sitting in his van, a 33-year-old neighbor came out and began attacking him with a shovel through the window. The man then grabbed a knife and started to cut and stab the humane officer.

The officer called police for help. During that time, the man grabbed a barbell from his yard and threw it at the front of the van’s window shattering it.

According to Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards, when Akron officers arrived, the suspect engaged them with a knife. They told him to drop the weapon several times and tased him. When he continued to approach them, an officer shot the suspect in the abdomen.

The suspect was taken to Akron General Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The humane officer was also taken to Akron General. His injuries are unknown, but are not to be life-threatening either.

According to police, the suspect, who lives on the street, has a history of mental problems.

Humane officers are not Akron police officers or members of the Summit County Sheriff’s Department. They are a separate law enforcement agency.

Lt. Edwards says the attack was unprovoked.  The humane officer was not on that street responding to a call.