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LAKE TWP. — A number of questions still remain following a Sunday night shooting that left one man dead and a Uniontown police officer wounded.
Ryan A. Probst, 28, was killed during an exchange of gunfire with police. Sgt. David White was wounded and is being treated at a hospital in Akron.
The Stark County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio Bureau of Investigation are investigating the incident.
Police went to the Probst residence at 11599 Lela Ave. NW about 10:15 p.m. Sunday after a women called about a domestic disturbance. "... And could you just send out a cop?" the woman asked the dispatcher.
When two Uniontown officers arrived, Probst was the only person at the house, Sheriff Georger T. Maier said Monday.
Probst had a history of confrontations with police. According to a statement Maier issued, Probst fired a number of shots at Uniontown officers. They returned fire, killing Probst.
Because the shooting remains under investigation, Maier declined to release many details during a Monday morning news conference.
A family member made the 911 call, saying there was a problem with one of her brothers. Maier said he knew that several people were in the house when the emergency call was made, but that everyone had left when officers arrived.
Uniontown, like most police departments, routinely sends two officers to domestic disturbances because those calls can be dangerous, Maier said.
There was no hostage standoff at the house, Maier said. "I think it all happened pretty quickly," he said of the exchange of gunfire.
White was struck four times, according to a statement from Uniontown police. Maier said he didn't know if a vest White wore deflected any of the gunshots.
White went through surgery early Monday and was expected to undergo more surgery. "He's got a long road ahead of him," Uniontown Police Chief Harold Britt said Monday.
A police officer for 25 years, White has been with the Uniontown department since 2002 and is the senior sergeant.
"He's one of the leaders of our department," Britt said. "He's a great guy. Everybody loves him."
Uniontown officers have been called to the Probst residence before for domestic problems, although Maier said he didn't have a list of the number of calls.
Probst has prior misdemeanor arrests in 2008, 2012 and 2014. Maier said police confiscated weapons from Probst during prior incidents.
Stark County court records show he was convicted of aggravated menacing in a 2014 incident and served 22 days in jail before being put on probation, which he completed in October 2015. Charges were filed after he threatened to shoot his 9-month-old daughter and a woman.
In 2012, he was charged with two counts of aggravated menacing for another incident. One charge later was reduced to disorderly conduct and the other was dismissed, court records show.
In 2008, Probst was charged with assault after hitting a male relative in the face with a flashlight and his fists. That charge later was reduced to disorderly conduct, and Probst was given credit for one day served in jail.
Stark sheriff's deputies were asked by the Uniontown department to investigate the shooting.
Britt wrote on the department's Facebook page that "our Officer that was shot last night is out of surgery. His vitals are good but more procedures will be done. If you could keep our officers in your prayers. And please say a prayer for our officer and his family. Would like to thank everyone for their support during this time."
Britt also expressed his thanks to other police departments in the area that stepped in to assist following the shooting, among them the Hartville Police Department and sheriff's offices in Stark and Summit counties.
"The support from the other agencies has been great," Britt said.
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