The Ohio State Highway Patrol said two of its troopers each fired one round at a Meadville man shot dead by police last week in southeastern Ohio.

Joshua F. Roberts, 41, was shot fatally by police at the conclusion of a high speed chase on Jan. 9 near Powhatan Point, Ohio.

"There were two shots fired — each one fired one," Lt. Craig Cvetan of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Wednesday.

Roberts was a passenger in a stolen sport utility vehicle involved in a high speed pursuit along Ohio Route 7. That SUV had been stolen from the parking lot of a Meadville convenience store the night of Jan. 7.

The SUV was driven by Kristin L. McCoy, 34, of Greenville, according to Cvetan.

Roberts and McCoy exited the SUV at the end of the chase with Roberts holding McCoy at gunpoint and refusing police commands to drop his weapon as the couple walked toward troopers.

Roberts then was shot fatally by the two troopers with McCoy grazed by one of the rounds.

McCoy remained in the Belmont County Jail in St. Clairsville, Ohio, without bond Wednesday as she awaits extradition to Pennsylvania's Mercer County. McCoy is wanted on a warrant from Mercer County for failing to appear for sentencing Jan. 2 in Mercer County Court of Common Pleas on drug charges.

The two troopers involved in the shooting remain on paid leave as they await the outcome of the investigation into the circumstance of the shooting, Cvetan said.

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

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