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AG’s Office Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Mantua

Mantua Township

The Attorney General's Office is investigating a fatal police-involved shooting that occurred early on the morning of September 14 in Mantua Township. One male civilian sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. 

The decedent has been identified as Charles Sharp III, 49, who lived at the address where the shooting occurred.

According to the preliminary investigation, two uniformed Mantua Township Police Department officers arrived at a house on Elm Avenue in Mantua Township at approximately 1:35 a.m. on September 14 in response to a 911 call. 

The investigation found that one police officer fired his service weapon during an encounter outside the house, fatally wounding Mr. Sharp.

A detailed replica of a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun was found near Mr. Sharp.

According to the Attorney General's office, officers rendered first aid to Mr. Sharp. He was transported to Jefferson Washington Township Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at 2:49 a.m.

This investigation is being conducted pursuant to Attorney General Directive 2019-4, which implements the statutory requirement that the Attorney General's Office conducts the investigation of any death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer's official capacity or while the decedent is in custody, and which establishes clear standards and procedures for conducting such investigations.

The investigation is ongoing, and no further information is being released at this time.