Man shot during alleged burglary attempt

Niles burglary
A Niles man shot a burglary suspect who broke into his home at 1539 Niles Cortland Road.

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A man was fatally shot during an alleged burglary attempt in Niles.

According to Niles police, officers were called around 12:30 a.m. Friday to a home at 1539 Niles-Cortland Road for a burglary in progress.

Before arriving at the house, officers were told that one shot had been fired. When they arrived, the resident said an unknown suspect attempted to break into the house through two doors. He told officers he fired a shot toward the door, but he didn’t know if it had hit anyone.

Officers found Terry D. Allen, 36, of Mineral Ridge, dead from a gunshot wound at the home. Police are waiting on the Trumbull County Coroner’s report and have spoken with the prosecutor’s office.

Niles Police Det. Jim Robbins said the damage to the house is consistent with the tenant’s account of what happened. He said both doors are damaged and one was actually broken in.

Robbins said Allen and the resident appeared to have no history together, that Allen had no criminal history they are aware of and there is no history of disturbances at the Niles-Cortland Road.

The detective said most break-ins in that area are vacant houses, with people trying to steal copper.

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