Audio reveals new details on Macedonia police shooting

Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 8:23 PM EST
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MACEDONIA, Ohio (WOIO) - One day after a Macedonia police officer shot a suspect at a store, police officials have released little information about the incident.

What information 19 News has received is from Broadcastify, a system that records police radio traffic that is not heard over regular police bands.

The following is what was heard during the Macedonia police’s response to a call about an alleged shoplifter in the Burlington Store Sunday evening.

“Whoever is responding to Burlington, there is a gunshot wound. Respond for a gunshot wound to Burlington.”

That gunshot was from a Macedonia police officer who discharged a weapon as the officer struggled with a yet-to-be-named shoplifting suspect.

He was hit in the groins by the bullet, and taken to Akron City Hospital for treatment, according to the audio.

At last word, his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, according to information from the Ohio Attorney General’s Criminal Bureau of Investigations.

Other radio traffic overheard included a description of the suspect as police were about to enter the store to confront him.

“This is a male, brown beanie, sweat pants, black coat... Go ahead. Currently inside Burlington. I am posted outside. He apparently has cameras stuck in his shirt.”

“Do we know where the gunshot wound is on the patient?

“It’s gonna be a gunshot wound to the groin area, groin area.

“Is this an officer or the male?”

“It’s the theft suspect. We’re also going to need to get a hold of BCI.”

Macedonia Police did however release a statement, which reads in part:

“Officers were able to locate and make contact with the suspect. A struggle then ensued, resulting in one of the officers discharging their firearm, and one individual transported to a local hospital for treatment.”