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Twinsburg — Investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification are working to determine what led up to a deadly domestic situation-turned-police shooting that occurred Sept. 1 on Sherwin Drive, resulting in the death of a father and son.
Police say Charles Robert Shaw, 76, shot and killed his son, Scott Robert Shaw, 55, at their 2425 Sherwin Drive home, before Charles Shaw was fatally shot by Twinsburg police.
According to Jill Del Greco of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, BCI is analyzing whether Charles Shaw may have had violent plans for the Cleveland Clinic Family Health and Surgery Center in Twinsburg, due to a previous issue he had with the Clinic.
“We are looking into whether or not threats were made by the older gentleman regarding the Clinic,” Del Greco said Sept. 3.
Del Greco said investigators are also trying to determine if the son tried to dissuade his father from going to the Clinic, which may have caused Charles Shaw to shoot his son in the torso, killing him.
“[The threats to the Clinic] is something that is currently under investigation,” Del Greco said.
Chief Investigator at the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office Gary Guenther said according to preliminary reports from the agency, Charles Shaw was angry with the Cleveland Clinic about issues with his medications.
Within the preliminary report, investigators were evidently told Charles Shaw grabbed a rifle and a handgun, saying he was going to Cleveland Clinic with plans to “do some damage.”
At that point, Scott Shaw stepped in in an attempt to stop his father and the two were involved in an altercation that lead to Charles Shaw shooting Scott, according to the preliminary report.
Charles Shaw then re-loaded as police arrived and pointed the weapon at responding officers who ordered him to drop his weapon multiple times but to no avail, according to the preliminary report.
“This is preliminary, so information might change over time with more investigation,” Geunther said Sept. 4.
According to Twinsburg police, an “active shooter” call came in to the TPD at 5:49 p.m. Sept. 1.
Twinsburg officers arrived at the Sherwin Drive residence and saw Scott Shaw lying on the ground near the home “with visible wounds.” Charles Shaw was observed close to his son’s body, “reloading a gun and cocking the hammer,” according to a release issued by the Twinsburg Police Department Sept. 2.
According to police, Charles Shaw then pointed the gun at officers and was fatally shot by a Twinsburg officer. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The officer, a 32-year-old male and three-and-a-half year veteran of the Twinsburg Police Department, has been placed on administrative leave and is not being identified. The investigation has been turned over to BCI.
Police say the son was transported to the Cleveland Clinic Family Health and Surgery Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m. from a gunshot wound to the torso, the Summit County Medical Examiner said Sept. 3.
A third shooting victim, a female that investigators say is the wife of Charles Shaw, was transported to Hillcrest Hospital ER in Mayfield Heights with non-life threatening injuries.
No police or fire officers were injured in the situation.
On the 911 call, which came from a female in the home thought to be the wife of Scott Shaw, a Twinsburg dispatcher can be heard talking the woman through first aid and CPR on Scott Shaw before officers and EMS arrive.
“Do you know who shot him?” the dispatcher asks the caller.
“His father,” the woman answers.
Less than a minute later, multiple officers can be heard yelling, “Put your hands up! Put the gun down! Get away! Put the gun down now!”
And from the 911 caller: “He’s reloading ... put the gun down!”
“It is always tragic when lives are lost but we are grateful that there were no other casualties,” Twinsburg Police Chief Chris Noga said Sept. 2.
Logan Powaski, 17, a Twinsburg High School student who lives on nearby Cynthia Drive, said his father thought he heard gunshots from their home Sept. 1.
“The next thing I heard was a loudspeaker from an officer telling us ‘to get in our homes,’” Powaski said. “Officers came from all departments, off-duty officers, all of them just booking it. They called in everyone.”
Powaski, who has raked leaves at the Shaw property, said the neighborhood lock down lasted about 20 minutes.
Kent State University’s Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, off Creekside Drive, was on lock down and evening classes were canceled Sept. 1.
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