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Ohio teen shoots, kills self while in police custody

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Posted at 1:22 PM, Aug 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-26 15:49:40-04

A teen has died after allegedly shooting himself while in police custody, according to information released by the Akron Police Department.

The teen, who police have not yet identified, had been placed in the back of a police cruiser just minutes prior in connection to a robbery that occurred Friday night.

Around 10 p.m. local time, officers were dispatched to the 2200 block of 10th Street for the robbery. The victims of the incident told authorities they were sitting in their vehicle when they were approached by three males and robbed at gunpoint.

Police said they located the three individuals at a house on 7th Street and took them into custody, placing them into separate police vehicles.

Soon after, officers heard a shot come from one of the patrol cars and found the teen with a fatal gunshot wound, and a gun laying next to him.

The two other suspects were identified as 18-year-old Anthony Criss and 18-year-old Matthew Allen. They were both charged with aggravated robbery and taken to the Summit County Jail where they will be held until they are arraigned next week.

The incident is being investigated by the Akron Police Detective Bureau, the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office and the Office of Professional Standards.