Officer cleared of wrongdoing in fatal Southington shooting

Prosecutors cleared Deputy Dario Poledica of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of an elderly man this summer in Southington.
Prosecutors cleared Deputy Dario Poledica of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of an elderly man this summer in Southington.


SOUTHINGTON, Ohio (WKBN) – The deputy who shot and killed an elderly man this summer in Southington has been cleared of any wrongdoing, as the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office said he was justified in his actions.

Prosecutor Dennis Watkins released a verdict Tuesday clearing Deputy Dario Poledica in the case.

“The officers were certainly justified in acting in self defense and did nothing improper,” Assistant Prosecutor Chris Becker said. “Unfortunately, he had to defend himself and shoot an individual.”

Back in July, Poledica and three other officers responded to Charles Crandall’s home on Phalanx Mills Herner Road, when a neighbor, who routinely brought Crandall to run errands, was shot at by Crandall. Only his truck was hit, but he called 911 to report it.

That’s when Poledica and three others responded, only shooting at Crandall after he fired at them, according to prosecutors.

“It’s just to that point where you know that you have to use your weapon to neutralize someone and it happens so quick,” Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere said. “And that’s what’s so important about training officers, you know, on when to shoot and when not to shoot.”

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