Suspect dies following officer-involved shooting in Akron

AKRON, Ohio-- The suspect shot by an Akron police officer Sunday afternoon has died.

Police were called to an apartment building at Florida Avenue and Kenmore Boulevard at about 3:20 p.m.  The caller told police his 61-year-old neighbor slammed his arm in a car door.

Officers found the neighbor walking towards a van in the parking lot. According to Akron police, officers saw him reach for an assault rifle.

“The guy started reaching for the assault rifle and the officers gave him verbal commands to stop. At that point he reached in, pulled out the assault rifle—the officer had nothing else to do but to fire shots at the suspect," Lt. Rick Edwards said.

The man suffered a gunshot wound to the torso and was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center, where he died. His name has not been released.

"Anytime an officer has to fire shots it's traumatic, for not only for the officer, but other people that may witness this," Edwards said.

No officers were injured. The officer involved, a two-year veteran of the department, was put on paid administration leave.

"Today, I just got out of church and to come home and see this it's kind of heartbreaking,” said Sherry White, who lives nearby. “There’s just been so much that has gone on around here. It's just something needs to be done. Something needs to be done to stand up for our communities."