Suspect in Barberton active shooter situation in custody after gunfire exchange with police

BARBERTON, Ohio – Police report that they have a suspect in custody in Barberton in what was described as an “active situation” in that town this evening.

Police responded to reports at around 7:30 p.m. that there was an armed man at the Barber Road Storage Unit on Barber Road.

Police say that David Michael Havrilek, 41, of Akron fired at the police who then fired back.

Havrilek was stuck  by bullets during the exchange. He was taken to Akron General Hospital. No police were injured. Ohio BCI is helping with the investigation. Barberton’s mayor reports that the suspect does have an extensive criminal background.

It is not clear why Havrilek was in the Barberton area.

During the incident, police evacuated the town’s high school and sports’ fields and set up a a perimeter from I76 to Barberton High School. Some local businesses were also evacuated.

Barberton High School confirmed that the school was on lockdown and  has since been cleared: