Investigators: Shooting likely justified

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A 30-year-old man was fatally shot by a tactical response team at his Boardman apartment because he threatened his girlfriend and suicide.

Police fatally shot Daniel Fitton Jr., 30, at about 10:25 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators said Fitton fired one shot from a window at 817 Cook Ave. at officers, who arrived about 8:30 p.m.

Two officers, including a sniper, returned fire, police said, killing Fitton. Both officers are on paid administrative leave until the internal investigation to determine if their shooting was justified is completed.

Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains on Thursday said the preliminary investigation shows the officers were justified at shooting fire because they believed they and the public were in danger.

Investigators and a 911 call obtained by WKBN show three people were inside the apartment with Fitton, including a small child.

They escaped unharmed before police arrived.

Fitton’s girlfriend’s adult daughter called 911 and told dispatchers Fitton threatened to kill himself and threatened her mother.

“I’m afraid he’s going to kill my mom,” she said.

The woman told dispatchers Fitton was drinking and that he wanted to kill himself over a dispute about child support.

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.

Neighbors said the area is normally quiet.

“It was scary especially when they went up there and they started shooting,” neighbor Angela DeGenaro. “I got scared. I have never been around something like that.”

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