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Review of Marathon fatal police-involved shooting complete

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    Bruce Bishop / Chronicle Evidence markers placed near each bullet casing at the Marathon Station on the corner of East Avenue and Fuller Road. Unconfirmed reports of a police involved shooting has had the area closed for several hours.



ELYRIA — The Lorain County Sheriff's Office has finished its review of a fatal police-involved shooting July 2 in Elyria and said the report may soon be released.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Heath Tester said Monday the investigation has been finalized and written. It is being reviewed by command staff prior to release, he said.

The day of the shooting, Elyria officers stopped a black Chevrolet Impala at the Marathon gas station at the northwest corner of East Avenue and Fuller Road believed to have been involved in a shooting at an apartment on Park Meadow Lane.

According to Elyria police, one of the occupants of the car, Isaiah Robinson, pointed a gun at officers, who shot him and a second man, Damon Battles.

In a statement two days after the shooting, the Sheriff's Office said that one of the car's occupants opened a back door and officers could see someone pointing a gun at them, prompting them to fire.

Robinson, 39, died at Mercy Health Lorain Hospital. Battles, also 39, was treated at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center and released.

Two Elyria police officers, Charles McArthur and Alan Kubas, were placed on administrative leave after the shooting per departmental policy. They have since returned to duty, Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely said Monday.

Some of the incident was caught on bystander video. Elyria police officers do not have body-worn cameras.

The shooting prompted numerous marches, vigils and calls for peace by community and city leaders.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.
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