Ohio PD uses new technology to find, rescue injured man during home invasion

By Cliff Pinckard

AKRON, Ohio – A man shot during a home invasion is recovering after police say they were able to use new technology to track him when he called 911, but didn’t said where he was.

According to police, dispatchers received several “incomplete” 911 calls around 12:20 a.m. Thursday. In one of the calls, the person said “help” but hung up without giving the dispatcher an address or other information.

Using “Prepared Live” technology, the dispatcher was able to locate the caller on the 1100 block of Hinman Court in South Akron. When officers arrived, they found a 26-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the upper body.

The victim was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital, where he underwent surgery and is listed in serious but stable condition.

“The combined use of the technology and the initial actions of the responding officers gave the victim a fighting chance to survive his injuries,” Akron Police Public Information Officer Capt. Michael Miller said in a news release.

Police believe an unknown suspect, possibly wearing a mask, forced his way into the home and shot the victim. A motive is unknown.

Anyone with information can call detectives at 330-375-2490. Citizens can also provide anonymous information by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS or by texting TIPSCO at 274637. Download the Akron PD app and submit information by texting Tips411 or accessing the link at www.AkronCops.org.

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