CPD: Seconds After New Year Begins, Canton Police Officer Forced to Shoot Man Firing Gun

CANTON, Ohio (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – A deadly start to the new year in Canton.

A police officer shot a man dead.

That man was firing a gun at the time, according to a statement from the police chief.

Chief Jack Angelo says officers had responded to a shots fired incident in the 2300 block of 10th Street SW.

That’s when an officer outside his vehicle encountered a man shooting a gun.

The officer fired back, and the man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The victim is identified as 46-year-old James Williams.

BCI is now investigating, and the officer is on administrative leave.

Neighbors report that a young family lived in a house that was surrounded by crime scene tape on Saturday.