Austin Mendenhall Death, Obituary – The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of a tragic Thursday night homicide on the South side of Youngstown as 38-year-old Austin Mendenhall. This heartbreaking incident unfolded around 7 p.m. on Ferndale Avenue near Hillman Street, sending shockwaves through our community.
The events leading to this tragedy unfolded rapidly. At approximately 7:18 p.m., police responded to the scene after receiving reports of gunfire from ShotSpotter, an innovative technology that detects gunshots in the area. Simultaneously, the Youngstown Police Department’s 911 Center received calls reporting gunfire and the shooting of a man.
Upon their arrival, officers discovered Austin Mendenhall in the front yard, but despite the swift response of EMTs, he was tragically pronounced dead at the scene. The impact of this loss reverberates through our community, leaving us with profound sadness and grief.
The situation took an even more chaotic turn as “hundreds of people descended on the block” within minutes of the incident. Officers and Neighborhood Response Units worked diligently to secure the homicide scene amid the crowd.
The police report reveals that dozens of individuals were present when the homicide occurred, and authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward. If you have details that may aid in the investigation, please do not hesitate to contact the Youngstown Police Department at (330) 746-CLUE or (330) 746-8YPD. Valuable tips that lead to an arrest and/or prosecution may be eligible for monetary rewards.
As detectives, Crime Scene Investigators, and the Mahoning County Coroner continue their investigation, our community grapples with the loss of Austin Mendenhall. This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of cooperation and support among residents in these challenging times. Together, we can seek justice for Austin and work towards a safer community for all.