ROME, Ohio – A man who police believe was a suspect in a robbery was killed in a deputy-involved shooting Tuesday morning.
Police identified the man as Michael S. Martin, 36, of Rome, Ohio. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
Ashtabula County Sheriff Bill Johnson said around 3 a.m. Tuesday the department received a call of a robbery in a residential area in Windsor Township.
There a juvenile said they were held at gunpoint by Martin.
The sheriff’s department was on lookout for Martin, who had felony warrants out for his arrest.
Around 7:30 a.m. a deputy who was off duty and on his way home went to a residence where Martin could be at.
When the deputy arrived, he spotted the SUV and called for backup.
Once more deputies responded, they approached the SUV where Martin and a woman passenger were sleeping.
Johnson said the deputies ordered them to put their hands up and leave the vehicle.
That’s when Martin showed a gun and put the car in drive.
A K-9 unit was deployed, but Martin was able to drive away through several backyards.
Martin crashed the SUV into a utility pole and deputies opened fire.
It’s believed to be a gunshot wound that killed Martin, but investigators are waiting for autopsy results from the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Johnson said the woman in the passenger seat was unharmed, taken into questioning and then released.
Four deputies are on paid administrative leave for five days, which is standard protocol.
Johnson said it’s unsure at this time how many shots were fired.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been conducting an investigation since 7 a.m. Tuesday.