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Boy, 15, fatally shot in Akron was trying to protect female, authorities say

by May 27, 2022Local News

A teen boy who was shot and killed Tuesday at a home in Akron’s Sherbondy Hill neighborhood was trying to protect a female who was involved in a fight with the accused gunman, authorities say.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force on Thursday arrested D’Lawrence Scott, 19, and his father, Lawrence Scott Jr., 56, on Thursday in connection with the death of Jerry Davis, 15, of Akron, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. The two men were taken into custody in their vehicle in the Kinsman neighborhood.

Federal authorities say the younger Scott was involved in an argument just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with a female at a residence on the 1000 block of Biruta Street in Akron. When the argument turned physical, Davis stepped in to defend the female, authorities say.

The younger Scott is accused of going to his vehicle and grabbing a firearm, then returning and shooting Davis. Scott then got into a vehicle driven by his father and left the area, authorities say. Officers who responded to the scene found Davis unresponsive on the ground with a gunshot wound to the chest. Davis died at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Both men were seen by federal authorities Thursday leaving a residence on East 147th Street in Cleveland. They were followed and arrested near the intersection of East 79th Street and Kinsman Road. The younger Scott was found hiding in the backseat of the vehicle, authorities say.

D’Lawrence Scott has been charged with aggravated murder, while Lawrence Scott Jr. has been charged with obstruction of justice.

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