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Officers from several law enforcement agencies combed the streets and wooded areas around Gladstone Street, Buell Street and Courtland Avenue in Campbell on Tuesday afternoon, looking for Deletaire White, 30, a man who made sexual advances towards a 12-year-old girl at a home in that neighborhood.
The girl’s mother confronted White, who lives with them. Officers said White grabbed a gun and took off through a window into the woods between Gladstone Street and U.S. Route 422.
Neighbors and police say they heard one loud boom.
“I was in the house and I heard what sounded like a loud gunshot,” said resident Kathleen Hassay.
“There definitely was some kind of loud bang that did come from the wooded area that could have been a gunshot,” said Campbell Police Det. Sgt. John Rusnak.
Officers from several departments, including a K-9 from Struthers, searched the woods and backyards but didn’t find the suspect. A nearby car wash was evacuated for safety purposes.
Police called off the search after about an hour. They found a 12-gauge pump action shotgun believed to be White’s behind a home on Courtland Avenue. Rusnak said officers have had a couple run-ins with White for domestic problems in the past year after he got out of prison.
“It’s a scary situation because you are in an open area where there’s not a lot of cover. And, you know, obviously there is a potential danger there with an armed subject inside. We did have a clothing description. We did have a height and weight. We did have a general idea of what we were looking for, however it’s still a very dangerous situation,” Rusnak said.
Hassay and other neighbors said they were concerned the suspect would come back.
“We’re definitely going to attempt to locate the suspect, and we are going to speak to the victim further, as well as the victim’s mother, and see what, if any, charges will be filed against him,” Rusnak said.