YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Two people were arrested and one person is in custody following a shooting and police chase Monday afternoon on the city’s South Side.
Police arrested Jody Hunter, 24, of Youngstown. He is charged with felonious assault, discharging a firearm into a house, improperly handling a firearm, endangering children and resisting arrest, among other charges.
Tiffany Hanoman, 25, of Youngstown, was also arrested during the course of the investigation into the shooting on an unrelated drug charge. She was taken to the Mahoning County Jail and released.
No one was injured in the shooting, but those close to one of the suspects said they think police used excessive force when making an arrest.
Detectives said they believe high-caliber weapons were used in the shooting between two men in the 600 block of East Dewey Avenue, but they are still trying to determine a motive.
“There was a white SUV down here that was hit multiple times and there was a house in the 600 block of East Dewey that was hit also,” said Youngstown Police Det. Douglas Bobovnyik.
Shortly after the shooting on East Dewey, officers spotted a white Chevy Suburban that was allegedly involved in the shooting. That’s when a short police chase started.
According to police reports, officers saw a gun being thrown from the passenger window of the SUV. The gun landed in a church parking lot on Homestead Avenue where children were playing in a nearby park.
After nearly crashing into a police cruiser, the driver of the SUV, Jody Hunter, finally stopped on East Florida Avenue where he was arrested.
Bobovnyik said a weapon was recovered.
Our camera crew talked to bystanders, including the mother of one of the suspect’s children.
“Me and my mom was right here and the cops were chasing them down the street. And as soon as he got out of the truck, they had guns drawn,” said Tapree Price.
Bystanders said they were shook up from watching the arrest.
“He didn’t do anything wrong. They told him to get out of the truck and he got out of the truck and they started hitting him,” Price said.
Detectives said they were unaware of aggressive behavior by arresting officers, but said they will look into everything from both crime scenes.
“We’re going to question the two individuals we have downtown. We’ll question them and see what charges are going to be placed on them,” Bobovnyik said.
Another suspect was arrested in connection to the incident. Details on that arrest have not been released.