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Akron police say two men fired shots at landlord

Beacon Journal staff report

Akron police were searching for two men they say were involved in a landlord-tenant dispute that escalated into gunfire.

According to a police report, Benjamin D. Marshall, 27, and James D. Dempsie III, 24, fired shots at the landlord shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday at a residence in the 100 block of Lake Street.

The landlord told police that he was at his rental property on Lake Street when the men showed up. They argued about property they had left in the house.

The argument culminated with the men firing several shots at the landlord before fleeing in a car, police said.

The landlord was not wounded.

Marshall, whose last known address was the Lake Street unit, is wanted on charges of aggravated menacing, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal manufacturing of drugs, illegal assembly of chemicals and possession of meth, police said.

He is described as white, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 170 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Dempsie, of West State Street in Barberton, is wanted on a charge of attempted felonious assault. Police said he is white, 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 220 pounds. He also has brown hair and blue eyes.

Police said both men should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about the men’s whereabouts is asked to call detectives at 330-375-2490.


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