STOW: Police early Saturday shot and killed a 21-year-old Stow man who had broken into the home of his girlfriend's family.
Dead is John L. Rose, who was shot three times in the abdomen and chest, said Stow Police Capt. Rick Myers.
The name of the Stow officer involved in the shooting was not released.
Myers said this is what happened:
Rose, armed with a sawed-off shotgun, broke into the house at 3717 Northview Drive shortly before 4 a.m. and demanded to see his 19-year-old girlfriend.
Rose got into a noisy confrontation with 56-year-old homeowner Gary Church, his girlfriend's father, whom he threatened to kill.
Church and Rose were on the dining room floor wrestling over the loaded 20-gauge shotgun when the officer entered the house.
The officer demanded that the two men drop the gun. Church complied with the order but Rose did not.
Rose rolled over and pointed the gun at the officer, who again demanded that he drop the gun. The officer then fired three shots from his Glock .45-caliber firearm.
Stow EMS took Rose to Akron City Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:46 a.m.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's office was performing an autopsy Saturday afternoon. The death was caused by gunshots to the torso and was ruled a homicide, officials said.
Church suffered minor injuries, police said.
The officer who shot Rose is on paid administrative leave, following Stow protocol, Myers said.
Church's wife, Joanne, 55, daughter Lindsey and a 17-year-old son were hiding in the house during the confrontation and were not injured.
Family's 911 calls
Police did not identify the Church family but the 911 tapes released by police clearly identify the family members.
The Church family declined comment when contacted on Saturday, but a woman said, ''Pray for John's family.''
The Rose family also declined to speak to the media on Saturday.
The investigation by Stow police is continuing and the Summit County Prosecutor's Office is involved.
On the 911 tape, Joanne Church says her daughter and Rose had a relationship that ''had gone bad.''
The Churches' son refers to Rose as Lindsey's boyfriend in the 911 calls that Stow police released.
Myers said police would not comment about the relationship, what might have happened or when they might have broken up.
''There was an ongoing relationship that went sour'' was Myers' only additional comment.
Police said Gary Church tried to strike Rose with a baseball bat after the 21-year-old broke out the glass in a rear door.
Church then directed his wife to call 911, Myers said.
According to the 911 tapes, she made frantic calls to Stow police, as did her daughter and son, apparently from cell phones, while hiding in the house.
Myers said Church retreated into the interior of the house as Rose entered through the door. Rose demanded to see his girlfriend and threatened to kill Church. The pair argued.
Rose was covered with blood after apparently cutting himself on the glass during the break-in, the Churches said in the five 911 calls to police.
The three shots that killed Rose are also heard on the 911 calls.
''He's broken into our house. He's got a gun. . . . Please hurry. Please. We're scared. Dear God in heaven,'' a screaming Joanne said during her first call to 911, which lasted just under two minutes.
At first, Joanne Church was not sure whether Rose was armed. But then later said that Rose was pointing the shotgun at her husband and that her husband was trying to remain calm and not aggravate Rose.
The son said in his 911 call that ''my sister's boyfriend is out here causing some trouble.''
He said he heard ''a bunch of yelling'' but he stayed in his room.
In another call, Lindsey told police that Rose ''just got shot in my house.'' She told police she was hiding in a bedroom and was not sure whether her parents were safe.
Police said Rose, whose last known address was 1736 Lafayette Circle in Stow, had parked his car a block away on Washington Avenue and walked through backyards to the Northview residence.
His footprints were visible in the morning dew, police said.
Police got the first call at 3:59 a.m. and the shots were fired at 4:04 a.m., when the first officer arrived and went into the house through the broken back door, Myers said.
The wrestling match between Church and Rose was brief because the officer was there to intervene, Myers said.
It was not clear how close Rose and the officer were when the shots were fired, he said.
''It is too soon to draw conclusions. The situation is what it is. . . . People can draw their own conclusions,'' Myers said when asked whether the officer may have saved Church's life.
Kent police arrested Rose on Oct. 25 for an incident involving Lindsey Church. A police report said that Rose had Church in a headlock and was choking her.
In January, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of aggravated menacing. In April, Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow suspended a six-month jail sentence and a fine, but ordered Rose to serve two years' probation on the condition that he have no contact with Church, undergo a psychological evaluation and submit to random drug testing.
While that case was pending, court records show, Rose was arrested in March by Akron police and charged with assault on a police officer and aggravated menacing, stemming from a domestic incident there.
Less than a month ago, Rose stood before Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty and pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the Akron case. McCarty also suspended a six-month jail sentence and ordered Rose to serve two years' probation, to continue treatment with Portage Path Community Health Center and to be assessed for drug and alcohol abuse.
Myers said the Northview shooting was the first time he could recall in 30 years in the Stow Police Department that an officer has shot and killed someone in a confrontation.