Officers cleared in shooting of suspect near Howland Giant Eagle


WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Prosecutors released a 20-page fact-finding report on Wednesday, clearing officers of any wrongdoing in February’s police-involved shooting at the Howland Giant Eagle that killed the suspect.

The document details a series of events that led to the shooting, including the murder of Van Blevins at his Weathersfield home.

The February 7th shooting led to a lockdown of a Mineral Ridge High School basketball game while police searched for the suspect, Richard Latimer.

READ: Prosecutor’s report

Prosecutor Dennis Watkins said Latimer’s actions and noncompliant behavior toward officers that night are consistent with characteristics of suicide by cop. A case against the officers involved will not be presented to the grand jury.

Through their investigation into these events, charges of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice were filed against 34-year-old Tina Davis.

According to the report, Davis told Howland police that her boyfriend, a man she knew as “Richard Writzes,” asked to borrow her handgun. It was the same one Latimer used to kill Blevins and had in his possession when he was shot and killed in the parking lot.

It also says Davis told investigators that Richard came to her apartment frantic after the murder and told her he just shot someone.

The report goes on to say that Richard told Davis he needed to get the gunshot residue off his hands, so they drove to Dollar General, where Davis and her 8-year-old daughter went inside and bought paper towels and bleach.

Latimer’s wife, who said she witnessed the shooting, ran to Taco Bell and called 911 to report it.

He was later spotted near the Giant Eagle, where he was shot by police officers.

Davis pleaded not guilty to the charges at her arraignment Wednesday morning and was released on $20,000 bond.

She’s due back in court next month for a pre-trial.