Officer shoots suspect, chase ends in arrest

Robert Swope

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A Boardman police officer shot a man who eventually led police on a chase in a car that was reported stolen from Youngstown.

Police apprehended Robert L. Swope, 30, of Youngstown, at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday outside the Shell gas station at the corner of Tippecanoe Road and U.S. Route 244.

Swope was charged Tuesday with first-degree felonious assault, receiving stolen property and failing to comply with police.

Police from Youngstown and Boardman surrounded the car and the man surrendered. The man was bleeding in the leg and went to the hospital.

The name of the officer who fired the shot was withheld Tuesday. Boardman Police Chief Jack Nichols said he will meet with county prosecutors to review the case.

Police said Swope was asking for money in the parking lot of a different Shell gas station at Shields Road and Market Street. Days earlier he was suspected of stealing from the gas station store, police said.

Swope left in the stolen car. Officers spotted him and pulled him over. Swope pulled into the CVS parking lot at state Route 7 and U.S. 224, police said.

Reports said the officer was walking up to Swope’s car when he reversed his car, nearly struck the officer and smashed into his cruiser.

The officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit, police said. Swope tried to flee and the officer fired a shot into the side of the door, according to police.

Officers from Youngstown and Boardman stopped Swope at the other Shell station and apprehended him.

Swope was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center with a gunshot wound to his left leg.

Police said they will confer with prosecutors before filing formal charges.

A Youngstown police report says the gray 2009 Chevrolet Malibu the man drove during the chase was stolen at about 9 p.m. Monday from the Rite Aid at 2701 Market Street.

The car owner told police she went inside the pharmacy and when she returned 10 minutes later the car was stolen.

Swope has a criminal history more than a decade old. Court records show he was charged with criminal trespassing several times in 2001. He was sentenced to 10 months jail in 2005 for drug trafficking.

Records say he spent 18 months in prison for failing to comply with police and receiving stolen property in 2006. The next year he was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for burglary and receiving stolen property.

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