Man dead after standoff

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After three hours of failed negotiations and an exchange of gunfire, one man is dead after a standoff in Boardman.

Boardman police went to an apartment Wednesday in the 800 block of Cook Avenue for a man with a gun threatening suicide.

The Mahoning County Crisis Response Team assisted the Boardman police with the situation.

Gunshots were heard at the scene shortly after midnight.

Capt. Don Lamping said the man fired a gunshot out of a window.  An officer then fired two rounds, fatally striking the suspect.

The deceased male’s name or the officer who exchanged fire with him are not being released at this time.

Residents on the first floor of the apartment complex were evacuated during the standoff.  However, those on the top right side apartment were directed to lay on the ground.  No one else was hurt.

Lamping said he believed the shooting was proper, but the officer will be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

This was the first police involved shooting since 2006 in Boardman, when an armed robber was killed outside the Walgreens on the corner of Midlothian Boulevard and South Avenue.

The Boardman Police Department is expected to release more information on Thursday.

This is a developing story. Check back here or tune in to later newscasts for updates.

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