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.