Lordstown officer cleared in shooting

A Lordstown, Ohio police officer was cleared in an officer involved shooting in Warren, Ohio.

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – An investigation by the Trumbull County Prosecutors Office has cleared a Lordstown police officer of any wrong doing when he fired his weapon during an October 2014 incident in Warren.

According to a news release from the office of Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins, Lordstown Police Officer Chris Bordonaro acted in self-defense when he fired four shots from his service revolver while attempting to serve a search warrant on Youngstown-area business owner George Rafidi during an Oct. 8, 2014 incident where Bordonaro and several local, state and federal agents attempted to deliver a warrant at Rafidi’s Pleasant Drive S.W. home in Warren.

“Evidence clearly indicates that Officer Bordonaro was justified in his use of deadly force in this instance,” Watkins stated.

Approximately 12 law enforcement officers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Marshal’s Office, Homeland Security, and other local officers surrounded Radidi’s home and announced their presence by knocking on the door and yelling “Police, search warrant!” several times. The group of officers were attempting to serve a search warrant in connection to a food stamp investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Statements by officers indicated that Rafidi was spotted inside the home with a gun. Officers yelled at Rafidi several times to put the gun down. An agent with Homeland Security said he heard Rafidi say, “I’m gonna get you mother [expletive]! Rafidi then stuck his arm out of the front door and aimed his weapon in the direction of officers.

Bordonaro was stationed off to the side of the porch and yelled at Rafidi, “George, It’s Chris from the police department!” Bordonaro stated that he was in fear of his life and the lives of his fellow officers and fired four shots at the door of the house. All four shots hit the door frame and Rafidi retreated into the home.

Rafidi surrendered immediately after the incident.

Watkins said the case involving the officer involved shooting will not be presented to the Trumbull County grand jury.

“Officer Bordonaro acted in self-defense or in the defense of other officers when he fired his weapon upon an armed and aggressive suspect. Therefore there is nothing that could be presented to a grand jury. There were no crimes committed by anyone other than George Rafidi.”

Rafidi, 60, is facing federal charges for assaulting a federal officer and brandishing a gun.

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