A request for a divorce led to several incidents that culminated in the arrest of the chief deputy at the Lorain County Recorder’s Office.
David Keener, 43, is currently being held in the Lorain County Jail on no bond. His bond hearing will be Wednesday.
According to a Sheriff’s Department report, on Thursday, June 27, Keener showed up at their Diagonal Road home in Carlisle Township, to speak with his wife, who filed for divorce June 11. When she attempted to leave, he tried to prevent her from doing so until she said she would call the police.
The report said Keener’s wife went outside to her car when he grabbed her and took her phone. She went inside and called 911 from a house phone, deputies said. When she went back outside, Keener had taken a gun and he walked across the street, into the woods, and fired the weapon, according to the report.
Deputies were waiting when Keener came back. He was transported to University Hospitals Elyria. His wife then filed a petition for a restraining order with no contact allowed, which was granted.
Previously, Keener had made several threats to his own life, both to his wife and others, including once while at the Elyria Administration Building on May 22, according to Sheriff’s reports.
He had been evaluated and released by The Nord Center, a private mental health facility in Lorain, in May and also at Fremont Hospital on June 9.
On July 6, she filed a complaint with the Sheriff’s Office from her home after he texted her over 20 times, violating the restraining order.
The Elyria Police Department, providing assistance, tried to locate him at one place, but they were informed Keener was at his girlfriend’s house.
Keener, upon learning he was being sought, called the Sheriff’s Office and said he would stay at his location. The Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for his arrest and he was later arrested in LaGrange at his girlfriend’s house.
He must first receive a safety evaluation from a psychiatrist that Judge Gary Bennett ordered before any bond is determined. Bennett said there’s concern about the threats Keener has made to take his own life.
On Tuesday, Elyria Law Director Amanda Deery requested a special prosecutor in the case. Deery said it was to avoid any appearance of impropriety since Keener is a public employee.
County Recorder Judy Nedwick said Keener has been on medical leave since July 1. She declined additional comment.
Keener had also been a volunteer firefighter with the Elyria Township department about a decade ago and most recently with the Carlisle Township Fire Department until he resigned due to moving from the area.