Some people choose to resolve a contentious matter with another party by the use of force. Despite the reasons for the altercation, those who respond with violence to settle a matter run the risk of facing serious criminal charges themselves. What’s worse, their actions can lead to serious or even fatal injuries to the other person. Such seems to be the case in a recent incident that claimed the life of a young man in Ohio and led to the arrests of three individuals.
What allegedly happened?
On June 2, a 17-year-old male was discovered dead in a local high school parking lot. Officials confirmed the boy had been beaten to death. Allegedly, the whole thing started when the 17-year-old fired shots from a water gun at the suspects.
Reports state the young man was riding with others in a car, and they were driving around and randomly shooting a special type of water gun at objects and even other people. They then turned their focus to a group of individuals who were at a basketball court at the high school. The apparent intent was to provoke the individuals, ostensibly for fun. The individuals fired at didn’t take the incident lightly and are accused of beating the 17-year-old to death.
Several days later, authorities identified three suspects in connection with the death. The individuals range in age from 19 to 21, and all are from Ohio. The arrests came as a result of a joint effort by the U.S. Marshal Service’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and the Akron Police Department. No word was given on the individual arraignments or any other information stemming from their arrests. Considering the charges that will likely be imposed against them, each of the accused will want to work closely with an experienced criminal defense attorney.