Akron man dies after being shot by police during raid at his business

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AKRON, Ohio — A 27-year-old man died from complications after being shot by police executing a search warrant at his business last month.

According to Akron police, Omar Ali, of Akron, died at the hospital Monday night.

The Akron Police Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at his business, The Hookah House, 738 S. Canton Road, on Sept. 21. They were investigating the business for drug sales.

A SWAT team breached the front door of the business and gave loud verbal commands for Ali to come out with his hands up. SWAT officers then found him in the main room of the business.

Police say Ali refused to obey officers’ commands and instead reached to his back waistband as if grabbing for something.

A SWAT officer fired a round, hitting Ali in the right upper torso. He was immediately treated on scene and taken to the hospital.

Police say that a detective recovered 2.8 grams of heroin and 5 unit doses of Suboxone strips on Ali. They also found a handgun in the business.

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