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Youngstown police’s ShotSpotter leads to arrest

March 09, 2017
WKBN 27: Youngstown, Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown police’s ShotSpotter, which alerts officers to shots fired in the city, led them to an area where they found a man and loaded gun.

The incident happened around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Officers approached a man sitting in a vehicle in the driveway of a house on W. Dewey Ave. According to the Shot Spotter, the shot occurred directly next to where the man was sitting.

The man in the car, identified as Charles Cole, told officer his “girl” told him someone had fired a gun outside the house so he grabbed his gun and went outside.

Police found a firearm under the passenger seat of the car where Cole had been sitting. Cole told officers the gun holds 15 rounds but he only loaded 14 before he went outside with it.

Also inside the vehicle police seized crack cocaine and a baggie of marijuana. Police also found a shell casing on the windshield of the car.

Cole was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm in city limits, improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and drug possession.

The Youngstown Police Department began using the ShotSpotter system in 2010. It’s a network of sound sensors placed in certain parts of the city that can pinpoint a gunshot within 75 feet. When a shot goes off, the information will be available almost instantly to officers.

The system was funded by a federal grant when it was put in place.