Police: Officer-involved shooting at Canton men’s shelter

CANTON, Ohio - An investigation is under way in Canton after an officer-involved shooting in that city Tuesday evening.

Police confirmed the shooting to Fox 8. It happened at around 6 p.m. at Refuge of Hope Men’s Shelter on 3rd St. N.E.

Police say that a man entered the shelter with a baseball bat and tried to hit the officer with it. The officer fired two shots, which hit the man in the abdomen. He is currently at Aultman Hospital in stable condition.

Sources tell Fox 8 that Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigations has been called in to assist and to process the scene.

Residents of the shelter had to be evacuated after the shooting, but were being let back in at around 9 p.m.

Joanne Carpenter, a spokesperson for the shelter, says that they are all "concerned and saddened by what happened" and that they are cooperating with the authorities. She adds that they are doing their best to have the shelter resume normal operations and that they will have counselors on hand to help both clients and shelter employees.

Carpenter says that the officer involved in the incident isn't stationed there, but that Canton police officers often stop in at the shelter and other businesses around town as part of a community outreach program.

Police are asking anyone with information on this to contact the Canton Police Detective Bureau at 330-489-3144.