Wednesday, 04 October 2017 11:55

Norton-Barberton Shooter Injured, Arrested

The 911 call came in to Norton Police just about 7 p.m. Tuesday; reports of a man with a long rifle standing underneath a covered storage unit at the Barber Road Storage facility in Norton. 

There were no reports of "shots fired" at the time. 

Norton Police, Barberton Police, and the SWAT team comprised of officers from Norton, Barberton, and New Franklin Police departments, arrived within minutes. The suspect, 41-year-old David Michael Havrilek, was there with an assault-style rifle waiting for police and opened fire when they arrived. Police returned fire. The exchange lasted several minutes and Havrilek was injured in the shootout. Police then were able to take him into custody and then he was transported to Akron General Medical Center. 

There is no word yet on the charges Havrilek, an Akron resident, is facing, but he is no stranger to the law. He has a criminal history, including charges for felonious assault and domestic violence, among others. 

Norton Police Chief John D'alessandro said in a press conference following the incident that "the good guys" prevailed Tuesday night. It was Chief D'alessandro's ascertation that Havrilek was attempting to lure responding officers into a wooded area near the storage facility, but officers responded in accordance to their training and did not take the bait. 

Barberton High School and Middle School were placed on lockdown, while the Barberton Sports Complex and two area businesses were evacuated. The all-clear was given and the lockdowns lifter at about 8:37 p.m. 

While the situation was still "active," an Ohio Highway Patrol helicopter was deployed and officers used infrared to confirm that there was not a second suspect. There was no second suspect, just Havrilek. 

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Thursday, 15 September 2016 11:35

Police ID Student Struck, Killed By School Bus

The 16-year-old student who was struck and killed by a school bus Wednesday afternoon in Norton has officially been identified.

The Norton Police Department has identified the Norton High School teen as Kyle Richmond, 16, of Barberton. The accident happened in the 3100 block Greenwich Road. Police said Richmond fell from a skate board and was hit by the school bus. Authorities said he suffered severe head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Norton Police Department released this statement: "The entire city of Norton is devastated by this loss and expresses its support to the victim's family and entire student body and faculty within the Norton school system."

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