Man accused of pointing firearm at Stark County officer


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Law enforcement officers in Canton found themselves facing a potentially dangerous situation. Chief John Gabbard reported that at approximately 8:07 PM, a suspect wearing a black ski mask aimed a firearm at officers in the 1500 BLK of Clark Ave SW.

The incident unfolded as detectives from Canton’s Coordinated Response Team (CRT) were patrolling the area in response to an earlier report of shots fired.

While conducting their patrol, the detectives noticed the suspect rummaging through a vehicle, raising concerns that they might be witnessing a theft offense. Acting cautiously, the detectives slowed their approach to investigate further. As the suspect became aware of their presence, the detectives observed a green laser reflecting off their vehicle, a usual sign that it was attached to a firearm. The suspect promptly fled to a residence located at 1538 Clark Ave SW, according to police.

For over an hour, law enforcement officers established a perimeter around the residence and engaged in communication with the suspect. Despite the tense standoff, the situation was ultimately resolved without any incidents or injuries when John A. Rohrer, a 42-year-old male, surrendered himself to the authorities.

Following Rohrer’s surrender, detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence. A subsequent search of the premises resulted in the discovery of several items of interest. Among the recovered items were a 9mm Taurus semi-automatic pistol equipped with a loaded magazine and a green laser sight, known to be commonly attached to firearms. Additionally, suspected Fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid, was found, raising concerns about potential drug-related activities. Lastly, a black ski mask, presumably worn by the suspect during the incident, was also seized.

As a result of the investigation, Rohrer was taken into custody and is now facing multiple charges. These charges include Having Weapons While Under Disability (F-3), Tampering with Evidence (F-3), Aggravated Menacing (F-5, 2 counts), Possession of Drugs (F-5), and Obstructing Official Business (F-5).