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Arrest made after gun fired in Stow neighborhood

By JEFF SAUNDERS Reporter Published: April 16, 2017 12:00 AM
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Stow police say a man who allegedly fired a gun at an Akron man in the area of Lorwood and Echo Valley drives in early April was arrested at a Tallmadge residence April 7.

Stow Police Chief Jeff Film told the Stow Sentry April 10 that the U.S. Marshal Service's Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, which includes a Stow police detective as a member, arrested 23-year-old Cody R. Sturgeon at the Tallmadge residence. Stow Police Lt. Anne Stirm said April 13 that the home was Sturgeon's "last known address," but it is uncertain where he was actually living at the time of his arrest.

"He has no permanent address at this time," said Stirm.

According to Stow Municipal Court records, Sturgeon pleaded not guilty to second-degree felony assault the day of his arrest and his case was sent to a Summit County grand jury via the court's direct indictment program, with an arraignment in Summit County Court of Common Pleas scheduled for April 26. Sturgeon was being held in Summit County Jail on a 10 percent of $250,000 bond as of April 13.

His attorney, Neil P. Agarwal, did not return a phone call seeking comment before press time.

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Police responded to the residential neighborhood at 2:05 p.m. April 2. Film said details are "sketchy," but it is believed that four shots were fired. No injures were reported in the incident, which Film said was very fortunate.

"The situation started off wrong and ended up real bad," he said. "That Sunday afternoon, there were a lot of people outside There were barbecues. It was a nice Sunday afternoon, a lot of people were out."

Officers were advised a red Chevrolet pickup truck may have been involved. Film said that Sturgeon ran from the area on foot before police arrived, leaving his vehicle there.

Police said that while one officer was talking to a witness to the shooting, the pickup truck returned to the area. When the driver, a 20-year-old Akron man, saw the officer, he immediately left the area. Once located, it was learned that he had been shot at while he sat in the driver's seat of his truck. The shots shattered the driver's side window where he was seated. He was able to avoid the gunshots by ducking down in the seat and pressing the accelerator of his truck and fleeing the area.

Police said the Akron man told them that he and Sturgeon "had been in a disagreement over illegal drugs."

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