- Associated Press - Sunday, February 12, 2017

WARREN, Ohio (AP) - A northeast Ohio sheriff has said two township police officers were in “imminent danger” last week when they killed a suspect who had fatally shot a man earlier that night.

At a news conference on Saturday, Trumbull County Sheriff Paul Monroe identified the officers who killed 34-year-old Richard Latimer in a grocery store parking lot Tuesday as Howland Township Police Chief Nick Roberts and Assistant Chief Jeffrey Urso, the Warren Tribune Chronicle has reported.

Latimer pointed a gun at the two officers and refused their commands to drop the weapon, Monroe said. A 9mm handgun was recovered at the scene, according to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The two officers are on paid administrative leave.

“I have to give them credit to have the fortitude to do what they did on Tuesday night,” Monroe said.

The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office said Latimer died from multiple gunshot wounds.

According to police reports and 911 recordings obtained by the Tribune Chronicle, Latimer killed 44-year-old Van Blevins earlier Tuesday at Blevins’ home in Weathersfield Township. Latimer’s wife, Candace, told a 911 dispatcher that she and the couple’s 9-year-old daughter witnessed Latimer shooting Blevins after Latimer had broken into the home through a back window.

Candace Latimer told the dispatcher her husband forced her and the daughter into a car after the shooting, prompting her to lock the doors and drive off before Latimer could get inside. She called 911 from a fast food restaurant using a borrowed phone.

A relative who lives out of state also called 911 to report that Latimer had threatened to kill himself.

The newspaper reported that Candace Latimer called police to the couple’s Howland Township home around 1 a.m. Tuesday after she said Latimer had head butted her and had threatened to kill her after he saw her messaging a man on Facebook.

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This story has been corrected to show that Van Blevins was killed at his home in Weathersfield Township, not Richard Latimer’s home, and the spelling of Latimer’s last name.

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Information from: The Tribune Chronicle, https://www.tribtoday.com

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