Police: Drug dealer upset by money burned in vacant Youngstown home

Prosecutors say Dyer was upset with firefighters because he lost about $8,000 in drug money that he stashed in the house

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The man who police say was harassing firefighters before shots were fired at them appeared in court Friday on charges that he disrupted a public service.

Although police haven’t linked Cameron Dyer to the shooting, they say he did harass firefighters, saying they weren’t acting fast enough to put out the fire at an Elm Street home. That’s where police and prosecutors say he had drug money stashed.

“He ran over their fire hoses several times at the scene of the fire. He got outta the car. He yelled at them. He was very upset with them,” said Youngstown Police Doug Bobovnyik.

Prosecutors say Dyer admitted to having $8,000 in drug money stashed at the home and even bragged about his “thriving drug enterprise.”

“He says he treats that as his business and bragged about what a good businessman he is,” said Youngstown City Prosecutor Dana Lantz.

Dyer has a long list of drug-related arrests and convictions and is even set for sentencing on another case next Friday.

“He admitted that that was his vacant house. He admitted that he had a large sum of money stashed in the house. He admitted that he was a lucrative drug dealer,” Bobovnyik said.

Monday, as crews were heading back to their station, someone fired shots at their engine. Lt. Paul Lutton was hit in the leg. Another shot narrowly missed firefighter Dwyain Montgomery.

At this point, no one has been charged with that crime.

“We don’t have any evidence at this time that links anyone to the shooting,” Bobovnyik said.

Police have sent evidence to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation for analysis, hoping it leads to a suspect.