Route 11 shootout probe continues

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – It could be several months before more information is released on a Sept. 26 shootout on state Route 11 in Liberty that resulted in the death of a Kinsman man.

Cody Dempsey, 25, died after trading gunshots with law enforcement following a police chase involving three agencies. Our print partner, the Tribune Chronicle, said  results of the investigation might not be made public until early next year.

Investigators are waiting for more information from the Ohio State Highway Patrol before turning the case over to Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins. It is still unclear how many shots were fired and whether Dempsey or police fired first.

Watkins said he will review the case and then release more details, including any possible criminal charges.

Police from Weathersfield, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office chased a blue 1983 Cadillac Eldorado that was reported stolen from a Kinsman auto yard the morning of Sept. 26. The Ohio State Highway Patrol set up stop spikes near the Tibbetts Wick Road exit of Route 11 southbound.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the spikes stopped the car and when officers approached the vehicle, Dempsey pulled out a semiautomatic handgun, leading police to shoot and kill him.

No officers were injured in the shootout.

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