A firefighter was shot Monday night while responding to a house fire in Youngstown, Ohio.
WKBN 27 was the first to break the story, reporting that Lt. Paul Lutton was shot in the leg after responding to a house fire. The shooter, who has yet to be apprehended, is believed to have specifically targeted the fireman.
“It began when the Youngstown Fire Department’s Engine #7 was called about 9 p.m. to a house fire at Halleck and Elm streets. The crew had just left the fire scene on Elm around 11:15 p.m. and turned onto Halleck, when firefighters saw a man standing in a driveway and then heard gunshots. Rounds passed through both doors of the truck on the left side,” stated a WKBN reporter.
The firemen called police to the scene after noticing a suspicious man casing the area. The man believed to be the suspect approached the firemen an hour before he began firing at them.
John O’Neill the Youngstown Fire Chief confirmed, “One hit the driver in the leg. The second went through the back door and actually went through the firefighter’s coat, right in front of his chest.”
The fireman shot is expected to make a full recovery.
O’Neill also stated, “I don’t think they were stray bullets. There were a few shots taken and we have at least two bullet holes in the truck. Now it’s going to be up to the police. Hopefully, the police will get on this and get someone right away, and find out what’s going on and why they did it.”
K-9 units were used to pursue the suspect after a perimeter was set.
While police have been out hunting for the suspect, arson investigators are searching for the origin of the house fire.
The Police Capt. Brad Blackburn stated they had a few leads they were investing. “Detectives are out talking to some people now. We can’t confirm yet that the confrontation with the gentleman earlier at the scene was the same gentleman that shot at them,” said Blackburn.
Firefighters reported the license plate of the man harassing them along with the man’s description, yet there have been no arrests made.
Anyone with information on the shooting is encouraged to call the Youngstown Police at 330-742-8950.
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