More charged in Niles shooting

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Four more people are believed to have been involved in a burglary attempt on Niles-Cortland Road that left one of the suspected burglars dead.

Niles police said on Friday they identified four more people they believe were involved in the attempted burglary which the resident discovered and fired a fatal shot at one of the men involved.

Scott C. Crislip, 18, of Cedar Street, and Nicole R. Allen, 35, of Morris Street in Mineral Ridge, were charged with second-degree burglary and were arrested by police.

Burglary charges also were filed against Michael S. Burns, 33, and Mindy C. Sierra, 32, both of Mineral Ridge. They were apprehended on Friday, police said, and all four are due in Niles Municipal Court on Monday for arraignment.

Police said Crislip and Burns were at the home when one of their accomplices was shot by the resident, after which they fled. Police said Allen and Sierra were not at the home during the burglary, but they were involved in the crime.

According to Niles police, officers were called around 12:30 a.m. July 12 to 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, which has not yet ruled whether the shooting was justified.

Nicole Allen is the wife of Terry Allen.

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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