AKRON, Ohio (WJW) — A 38-year-old property owner who was reportedly shot after firing at Springfield Township police officers investigating a zoning law violation at his residence has died, police confirmed.
It happened at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at a home in the 2300 block of East Waterloo Road, according to police Sgt. Eric East.
Officers who came to the residence for a follow-up investigation into a zoning law violation were met with gunfire from the property owner, according to a news release.
Officers returned fire and incapacitated the man.
“We heard two shots. I’m assuming it was for the gentleman, the neighbor and then we heard the cops yell, ‘put down the gun, put down the gun,’ screaming at him and then we heard two or three more shots from him and then we heard the police shots,” said Dalton.
He was taken to Summa Health System Akron Campus, where he later died, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday identified the man as 38-year-old Jeremy McCracken. His cause of death was ruled to be a gunshot wound to the torso, according to the medical examiner.
“He was a loner. He kept to himself… I’ve been here about six years and I’ve only seen him three or four times,” said neighbor Andrea Dalton.
Neighbors, including Dalton, tell FOX 8 that Springfield Township has recently been trying to clean up the area and fix code violations.
“Last fall, they removed two vehicles from there and they told him he had 60 days to remove the other one and he didn’t and it’s been months, so they came to tow it away and then that’s when he came out with a gun,” Dalton said.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident, per protocol for all officer-involved shootings. The officers involved were placed on mandatory administrative leave, which is also customary.
Police said they’re not releasing any further details right now or offering interviews.