Herald Staff Writer
A gunfight that started a little after 7 p.m. Sept. 28 in Tuscora Park on Barberton’s East Side started as a pickup basketball game, police say.
According to police, two groups of people from Akron and Canton had converged on the park to play but the match ended with them firing multiple shots at each other.
“Things apparently got out of hand and one pulled out a gun and then the shooting started,” Barberton Police Officer Marty Eberhart told The Herald.
Surprisingly, there were no reports of any injuries, neither among the combatants nor bystanders.
Officers patrolling the East Side heard the shots and rushed to the park to find a car racing away from the scene. A cruiser followed it out Seventh Street Northeast and performed a “felony traffic stop,” where officers approach the vehicle with guns drawn, on East Robinson Avenue, finding four occupants.
Officers investigated at the scene and Aaron A. Spooney, 20, was arrested for discharging a firearm in a prohibited area. Anthony M. Spooney, 23, was arrested for improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and driving under suspension. A 17-year-old Akron boy was charged with possession of Marijuana. The fourth person, a 16-year-old Akron boy, was not charged. Both juveniles were released to their parents and all four were banned from Barberton parks for one year.
During the chase, they had tossed a handgun out of the car and it was recovered around the intersection of Seventh and Robinson. During a search of the car, police found two magazines, one in a book bag and the other under the driver’s seat.
Eberhart said the department is still investigating and more arrests and charges are expected.
“We will not tolerate this in our parks and our city,” Eberhart said.