Man arrested in Leetonia shooting

LEETONIA, Ohio (WKBN) – A man wanted for attempting to shoot his son in Leetonia has been arrested.

Doug Illig, Sr., 49, of Leetonia, was arrested Friday morning in Pennsylvania after an acquaintance called police to let them know he had come to their house.

Leetonia Police Chief John Soldano said Illig was arrested without incident by Ohioville police.

Illig was wanted for firing shots at his son Wednesday after workers came to their Walnut Street house in Leetonia to turn off the utilities. Illig became violent and argued with son before firing shots at his son’s van.

Illig took off after the shooting and had been on the loose before Friday’s arrest.

Ohioville police knew Illig was in the area after he was spotted visiting the gravesite of his father, according to Soldano. Ohioville police chased Illig but lost him at some point in the pursuit. Illig then went to the home of an acquaintance who called police.

Even though Illig eluded police for over 48 hours, Soldano said he was fairly certain they would catch him.

“We knew he was in Raccoon Township the other night. There was a high-speed chase but they lost him. We knew he was in that area,” said Soldano.

Illig is charged with felonious assault. He is currently in the Beaver County Jail awaiting extradition to Columbiana County.

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