Press Release

Contact: Chief Matt Birkbeck, (330) 684-5025

Date: Friday August 19, 2016

 Incident: Homicide

Location: 930 North Ella Street

Date of Incident: August 18, 2016


Person Involved: Paul R. Claren, age 67, 930 North Ella Street Apt. 15 Orrville, Ohio


Agencies Involved: Orrville Police Department, Orrville Fire and E.M.S., Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Wayne County Coroner


On Thursday August 18, 2016 at approximately 7:41 p.m., officers of the Orrville Police Department responded to a report of a gunshot victim at 930 North Ella Street.

Upon arrival officers located a 21 year old white male with a gunshot wound to his chest. The victim was transported to Aultman Orrville Hospital by Orrville EMS where he later died from his injuries.

Paul R. Claren of 930 North Ella Street apartment #15 was located at the scene and identified as the person responsible for the shooting. Claren was subsequently arrested and transported to the Orrville Police Department for questioning. He was later transported to the Wayne County Jail to be booked for murder and related weapons charges. The firearm used in this incident was recovered at the scene.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) responded to process the crime scene. The Wayne County Coroner’s Office was also contacted to investigate.


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