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Mon. 8:05pm: Police believe shooting tied to earlier robbery

January 7, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

HOWLAND - Detectives here say the suspects they're after in the Sunday afternoon shooting of a 52-year-old Weir Road N.E. man are the same men wanted for forcing their way into the same mobile home about two weeks ago.

Matthew Kline, 52, has lived in the Forest Grove Mobile Park for a few months, according to police.

Shortly before 1 p.m., Sunday Kline told police that two men he didn't know asked for money. When he told them he didn't have any cash, Kline was shot four times, including in abdomen, hip and leg. Police found Kline in the bedroom of the mobile home in lot 60 of the park.

Two residents of the park chased the two attackers after the shooting and after spotting a suspicious person near Kline's home. The attackers headed toward Elm Road N.E. before police arrived.

Detectives said Kline is expected to survive after treatment at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown; no condition on Kline was available today.

Police Chief Paul Monroe said Monday that the same two men identified as the attackers Sunday are believed to be responsible for forcing their way into Kline's home shortly after he moved into the rental property. In that incident he was pistol-whipped and items were stolen from his home.

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