AKRON, Ohio - An Akron police officer shot an intruder that broke into a home on the 700 block of Lafollette Street at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
According to police, the man broke in through the rear door and began attacking Mark Simon, the homeowner. Simon told NewsChannel5 that he knows the man who attacked him and said that he has a drug problem.
Simon was on the phone with a friend when the break-in began and he told that friend to call police. Simon was also able to alert police via his home security system.
Akron police tell NewsChannel5 when police arrived they could hear the struggle inside the home. Some officers broke down the front door while other officers were able to get in through the back door.
Once inside, the intruder, Mark Losh, 23, pointed a rifle at an officer and that's when the officer shot him, authorities said. Police said only one officer fired his weapon and that the suspect was hit once in the side. He was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition. Police said he would survive.
Simon described the attack to NewChannel5 saying he, "busted through my back the door, came through the door, grabbed me by my throat, pushed me through the house, knocked me down over a chair and repeatedly hit me in the head demanding, he wanted money."
The homeowner had minor injuries to his face and neck. No officers were injured.
Warrants were signed on Losh for aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, felonious assault and felonious assault on a peace officer.
The officer involved is a five-year veteran of the police department. He was placed on paid administrative leave.
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