WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Warren investigators have linked a shooting, police chase, and car crash in the city, uncovering a drug operation in the process.
According to police, officers were called to Brier Street SE on Tuesday on reports of shots fired. A short time later, they learned a man was being treated at St. Joseph Hospital for a gunshot wound.
A police report identified the victim as 50-year-old Shawn Flowers.
According to Trumbull County Dispatch, witnesses reported that people in two vehicles were shooting at each other. Dispatchers said a small white Ford left the area.
Detectives went to talk to Shawn Flowers at the hospital as other officers were investigating a house in the 2300 block of Burton Street, where they believed the shooting suspect may have been.
“Burton is one block away. At least one of the individuals, if not more, were seen going into this house, which directed our officers to Burton Street,” Lt. Greg Hoso said.
Police said as part of the investigation, they searched the home on Burton Street and found four firearms, ammunition, some drugs, packaging material, and about $2,500 in cash inside.
At the same time, detectives from the Street Crimes Unit went to an area on Pine and High streets, looking for the shooting suspect’s vehicle. While they were there, they spotted a vehicle matching the Ford they were looking for driven by 22-year-old Shawndon Flowers.
Shawndon Flowers is the son of Shawn Flowers, according to family members.
Police said Shawndon Flowers took off and led them on a chase with his mom in the passenger seat before crashing into another car on Paige Avenue and running away. Officers caught him as he ran behind a house on Forest Avenue.
Flowers’ mother and two other people in the crashed vehicle were taken to the hospital.
Police found a digital scale, suboxone, and a small amount of suspected heroin in Flowers’ car. Someone nearby also pointed officers to two handguns they found on Paige Avenue.
The next day, police searched an apartment on High Street matching the address court documents have for Flowers. They said they found two rifles, a pistol grip shotgun, three handguns, approximately 40 grams of suspected heroin, ammunition, a digital scale, packaging material, and approximately $5,500 in cash.
That apartment is the address Flowers and his mom and dad all share.
“Even one gun off the street is important but to get 12…that would have been impossible without the quick response of the uniform division and without the witnesses pointing our officers in the right direction,” Hoso said.
Flowers was arrested and charged with failure to comply with a police signal and driving under suspension. He’s being held in the Trumbull County Jail on no bond because he was on probation at the time.
In court, Flowers’ family said they don’t know why police searched the house on Burton Street because they said the incident has nothing to do with their family.
His family said Flowers doesn’t have anything to do with drugs. They admitted he didn’t have a license but said he was just trying to get his mother home because his father had been shot.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and several other people are expected to be arrested.