Kristin L. McCoy

Kristin L. McCoy

More details have emerged about the Mercer County woman allegedly involved in Thursday's high speed pursuit in southeastern Ohio that ended with a Meadville man shot dead by police.

Kristin L. McCoy remains in the Belmont County Jail in St. Clairsville, Ohio, without bond as she awaits extradition to Mercer County on drug charges, it was confirmed Friday by Mercer County District Attorney Peter Acker.

McCoy, 34, of Greenville is being held on a Mercer County warrant for failing to appear for sentencing Jan. 2 in Mercer County Court of Common Pleas. She was supposed to be sentenced on one count each of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

McCoy was the driver of a Pennsylvania registered sport utility vehicle that had been stolen from Meadville, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The SUV fled from Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers along Ohio Route 7 Thursday morning at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, according police.

Joshua Franklin Roberts, 41, of Meadville, a passenger in the SUV, was fatally shot by police at the conclusion of the chase.

On Friday, Meadville Police Department Chief Michael Tautin confirmed to the Tribune that the SUV, a 2013 Ford Expedition, had been stolen from Meadville. The SUV had been taken from the parking lot of the Country Fair store at North and North Main streets around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after the SUV's keys had been left in it, Tautin confirmed.

Roberts and McCoy got out of the SUV at the end of Thursday morning's chase, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Roberts held McCoy at gunpoint and refused police commands to drop his weapon as the couple walked toward troopers, police said.

Roberts then was shot fatally by two troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol with McCoy wounded by gunfire, Lt. Craig Cvetan of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Friday.

"Two officers fired and she (McCoy) was struck by gunfire from police — one bullet grazed her shoulder," Cvetan said. McCoy was treated and released from a Wheeling, W.Va., hospital on Thursday before she was jailed, Cvetan said.

It was unknown Friday how many shots were fired at Roberts by the two troopers, Cvetan said.

"That will be part of the investigation, but that's information I don't have at this point," Cvetan said.

The identity of the two troopers wasn't being released, Cvetan said.

"Both troopers are assigned to General Headquarters, Operations Section. They just happened to be working in that area yesterday," Cvetan said Friday. "Both troopers have been placed on critical incident leave as per our normal protocols."

Critical incident leave is a paid leave, Cvetan said.

The SUV has been impounded as evidence by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and is being processed for evidence, Cvetan said.

Charges remain pending against McCoy in connection with Thursday's incident, Cvetan said.

An autopsy on Roberts' remains is to be performed, according to Tim Skinner, an investigator with Belmont County, Ohio, Coroner's Office. The autopsy is to be performed by a forensic pathologist in Licking County, Ohio, he said.

Roberts had a history of what Cvetan called "criminal acts" in New Jersey, California, Florida, New Mexico and Pennsylvania, but Cvetan declined to elaborate.

Roberts was sentenced in December 2019 in Mercer County on driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia charges from a June 2019 arrest by Farrell Police Department, according to court records.

Roberts was sentenced to three days to six months in the Mercer County Jail on the DUI charge followed by a total of one year of probation on the possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia counts. He was released from the Mercer County Jail after his minimum three day sentence, according to court records.

Roberts also had another DUI and drug possession case pending in Mercer County, according to court records.

Roberts was arrested in August 2019 by Hermitage Police Department and was awaiting trial in Mercer County on charges of DUI, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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