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October 13, 2012

Mahoningtown Standoff Aftermath: Man shot by police faces charges

NEW CASTLE — A Mahoningtown man shot by New Castle police in a standoff yesterday is now facing criminal charges.

The incident that started as a domestic dispute in the man’s house at 1 Montgomery Ave. escalated into his arming himself, taking his daughter’s boyfriend hostage and firing shots inside his house and later at the police, according to police reports.

State police have charged 43-year-old Ivy Joseph Lanthier Jr., with aggavated assault, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, unlawful restraint, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment.

Lanthier remains in critical condition in St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, where he was flown after the incident.

State police wouldn’t say yesterday how many bullet wounds Lanthier suffered, or where on his body he was shot. But reports indicate he was shot at least twice.

A criminal complaint filed by police alleges that Lantheir’s  22-year-old daughter and her 29-year-old boyfriend were in bed around 9:30 p.m. Thursday when Lanthier entered the bedroom and pointed a gun at the boyfriend.

Lanthier told his daughter to get out of the house, then told the boyfriend that he was his hostage, according to police.

Lanthier fired two guns — a Hi-Point 9 mm pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun — into the ceiling, police said, and then took the boyfriend into the living room.

The daughter, meanwhile, left and called the police. When officers arrived around midnight they surrounded the house.

One of the officers called Lanthier on the phone. He then walked out of the house around 12:15 a.m., still carrying the shotgun and pistol, state police reported.

The police ordered him to drop his weapons, but he refused to comply with their orders, according to court papers. He fired three rounds from the pistol, causing the police to return fire at him.

New Castle police chief Bobby Salem said about eight or more officers were at the scene with Bessemer police as backup.

Four city officers who were involved in the actual shooting have been placed on paid adminstrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation, he said.

He would not provide the names of the four, but commented, “My officers did a good job.”

Salem said he turned the investigation over to the state police at his own request because city officers were involved in the incident.

Salem would not provide any further details of the  shooting, deferring to state police.

No police officers or bystanders were injured.

Lanthier will be arraigned on his charges upon his future release from the hospital.

 

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