Two SWAT officers shot at during Akron drug raid

Akron man charged with felonious assault

AKRON, Ohio - Two officers with the Summit County SWAT team were shot at during an early morning drug raid in Akron Tuesday.

Bullets struck the helmets of the two officers, but they were not hurt, police said.

The incident happened at 672 Allyn Street near the University of Akron around 6 a.m.

Police sources told NewsChannel5 the SWAT team was attempting to arrest a suspect in connection with a major cocaine investigation when the father of the suspect fired multiple shots.

Inspector Bill Holland, from the Summit County Sheriff's Office, said Darin Wright, 35, was arrested without incident. But as the SWAT team made entry into the home, his father, John Wright, 55, fired at least five shots with a .357 handgun, Holland said.

"The bullet careened off the top of his helmet. He was very fortunate to have his protective gear on. He's shaken up, obviously," Holland said.

Holland believed a bullet also deflected off the helmet of a second officer on the SWAT team, but investigators were still examining evidence from the scene.

Members of the SWAT team fired back, but no one was injured.

The names of the officers were not released.

John Wright was booked into the Summit County Jail on a charge of felonious assault on a police officer.

Darin Wright is jailed on a federal charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

Federal and local law enforcement, along with Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic, discussed a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday, accusing a dozen people of bringing cocaine and marijuana to Akron and Canton from California.

More than 100 kilograms of cocaine were hidden inside engine blocks and shipped to Ohio, according to Mike Tobin, a spokesman for the US Attorney's Office.

They said Darin Wright was one of the local drug distributors.

Agents said multiple arrest  warrants were served this morning, eight of them in the Akron/Canton area.

Several suspected gang members were in custody, according Pete Bickmore, an FBI special agent. Investigators were still searching for one of the suspects in California.

Bickmore said 12 federal and two state search warrants were executed in the Akron/Canton area. Five more warrants were executed in California, Missouri and Tennessee.

Ten vehicles, ten guns and money estimated at $100,000 were recovered at various locations, Bickmore said.

Federal agents said twin brothers, Dale and Darryl Colbert, from California, made arrangements to have the drugs sealed inside engine blocks and sent to businesses in Akron and Canton.

Carol Rendon, an assistant U.S. attorney, said the owners and workers at the businesses are not named as suspects in the indictment.

Rendon said organizers of the drug operation also shipped illegal drugs in packages through the U.S. mail and as cargo in semi tractor trailers.

Federal agents were able to monitor the suspects in the drug operation for about a year through wire-tapped conversations.

"These drug operations are pretty ingenious, but law enforcement is equally dogged... equally ingenious," Rendon said.

The shooting on Allyn Street left many neighbors terrified, including Christina Greathouse.

She has lived in the neighborhood for three years.

"That scares the mess out of me. That really does. That makes me want to actually pack up and move," Greathouse said.

Keep checking for more details on this developing story.

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