Crime & Courts

Police analyzing body camera footage, other evidence in Lakemoor shooting case

The Lake County Major Crime Task Force is conducting an independent investigation into a shooting Thursday, during which Lakemoor police killed a Pennsylvania man wanted for homicide.

The two Lakemoor Police Department officers involved, whose identities have not been released, await separate interviews with investigators, task force spokesman Christopher Covelli said Friday.

Early autopsy findings Thursday afternoon showed that 36-year-old Kenneth E. Martell of Meadville, Pennsylvania, died from injuries suffered from a gunshot wound to the face.

The revelation confirmed Martell was the same man wanted out of Crawford County Pennsylvania for slaying 88-year-old Theodore Garver Tuesday.

After stabbing Garver to death, Martell threatened three others, including his mother, to help him dispose of the body, a police complaint showed.

The car in which Martell was sleeping Thursday morning did not have a front license plate, Covelli said. The first officer on the scene used her radio to have dispatchers check the license plate on the rear of the vehicle, which was backed into a gravel road. An altercation with an armed Martell began shortly after, Covelli said.

Investigators are in the process of compiling reports based on police body camera footage of the shooting and other evidence, Covelli said.

Officers will turn over their reports to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, which will determine whether the shooting was justified.

Pennsylvania authorities released a warrant for Martell’s arrest Tuesday, after finding what was believed to be Garver’s body in a bond near the 88-year-old’s home.

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