Barberton officer shot – Names released – Audio

Update: The Barberton police officer shot during a New Franklin confrontation has been identified as Patrolman Brandon Watson.

A Barberton native, Watson, 36, is a husband and father of four and a U.S. Army veteran who served in Afghanistan. According to police, he was shot in both legs and underwent surgery to remove the bullet and repair damage. He is in stable condition at Summa Akron City Hospital.

The New Franklin man who died during a confrontation with police has been identified by the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office as Charles Cook of Menlo Court, where the incident took place.

The police department and Watson’s family thank everyone in the community for their support. Thanks also go out to SWAT team medics, the New Franklin Fire department and hospital staff for their quick response.

Initial report – A Barberton police officer was shot in the leg in an early morning confrontation with a man in a New Franklin home.

The call came in about 7 p.m., Feb. 7, for a domestic situation on Menlo Court off Vanderhoof Road. New Franklin officers arrived and found a man had barricaded himself in a bedroom with a gun.

SWAT was called out about 11 p.m. and efforts continued to try to convince the man to surrender. About 3 a.m. the Barberton officer was struck by a round the suspect fired through a door. Officers returned fire and took the injured officer to safety.

The officer and man were treated by medics. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer, a 12-year veteran of the department, was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital for treatment with non-life threatening injuries.

New Franklin and Barberton police departments, the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification plus the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating.

The New Franklin Police Department is not releasing any more information pending family notification.

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Edited audio of call for EMS.



  1. Billy on February 17, 2019 at 6:35 am

    He never meant to shoot anybody but himself. The guy just happened to be there. The round went through him, the door and hit the cop. Shouldve handled it differently and everyone could’ve avoided this tragedy… but nobody tried having someone talk to him who he trusted and respected. That’s the trouble with law enforcement…..

  2. Bob on February 9, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    So glad officer Watson is on the road to recovery. Praying for a speeding recovery and a safe future.

  3. Joe paridon on February 9, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Judge I can tell your a Moronic Trumpster.

  4. Tina Craddock on February 8, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    🙏 to everyone involved

  5. Danni on February 8, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Prayers for officer Watson a speedy recovery. Prayers for the family of Mr Cook. Thank you to all the officers who go out everyday and put their lives on the line to protect us.

  6. Anonymous on February 8, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    So sorry to the Watson family im glad Brandon will be ok. Also sorry for the other family too im sure all of this is very hard for the Cook family too.

  7. Lisa on February 8, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Just what does that comment mean???

  8. Anonymous on February 8, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    R u really that much of an idiot?

  9. Gme on February 8, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    The Herald said a Barberton officer was shot once in the leg, Channel 19 News posted a Norton Police officer was shot several times…. can anyone confirm what really happened. Prayers for the officer and their family, no matter what station he was from.

    • Barberton on February 9, 2019 at 8:36 am

      Shot in right leg, and left ankle.

      • BYF on February 11, 2019 at 7:12 pm

        I am praying for officer watson in hopes he gets better

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