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Victim, officers identified in Elyria officer-involved shooting (UPDATED, AUDIO)


    Two Elyria police officers were involved in a shooting on the second floor of an appartment building at 120 Riverside Court.


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    The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and Lorain Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting on Riverside Court in Elyria. Police responded to a disturbance at an apartment building at 120 Riverside Ct. Following an altercation, a resident was shot and transported to UH – Elyria Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries Tuesday evening.



UPDATED 4:11 p.m.

ELYRIA – A man who had allegedly been "acting in a threatening manner" toward other residents of his Riverside Court apartment building on Tuesday was shot at least once by Elyria two responding Elyria police officers.

Richard Carlton, 27, of 120 Riverside Court, Apartment 26, was listed in stable condition Wednesday at University Hospitals' main campus in Cleveland, the Lorain County Sheriff's Office said. His injuries are not considered life-threatening, authorities said.

The two officers involved in the shooting, Sgt. Jacob Webber and Officer Anthony Weber, were not injured in the incident. Both have been placed on paid administrative leave – Elyria Police Department policy in such situations, spokesman Lt. James Welsh said Wednesday.

Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely said Sgt. Webber is an 11-year veteran of the Elyria Police Department, while Officer Weber has four years on the job. Sgt. Webber also was involved in a fatal police shooting while working as a patrol officer in 2012, according to Chronicle-Telegram archives.

The sheriff's office is investigating the shooting at the request of Elyria police, sheriff's detective Capt. Donald Barker said.

According to the sheriff's office, Weber and Webber responded at 8:26 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a domestic disturbance at an apartment building at 120 Riverside Court, near University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center.

911 calls that preceded Elyria officer-involved shooting

Upon entering the building, the officers could hear yelling and "the sound of items being broken or thrown" coming from a second-floor apartment, according to Barker, but no one came to the door when they knocked.

As the officers tried to get a key from the apartment manager, Carlton exited the apartment with a handgun and threatened the officers with it, according to the sheriff's office. The officers retreated and opened fire on Carlton, striking him at least once.

Despite being shot, Carlton allegedly continued to resist and had to be shocked with a Taser device. He was brought under control and the officers provided first aid as their backup responded.

Life Care Ambulance transported Carlton first to UH Elyria, then later to UH's main campus. He does not appear to have any prior history with Elyria police, Barker said.

Anyone with any additional information on the incident is asked to call the Lorain County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau at (440) 329-3742 or Lorain County Dispatch at (440) 323-1212.

The last shooting involving Elyria police officers took place in July 2012 at a residence in the 600 block of West River Road North, when three officers shot and killed a 50-year-old man who had called 911 to report shooting his wife and threatening suicide.

No one else was injured and the story about the wife was false. All three officers, including then-patrol officer Jacob Webber and officers Dan Marsico and John Matula III, were cleared of any wrongdoing by a Lorain County Grand Jury, according to a November 2013 Chronicle article.

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

*** Previous reporting***

This story has been edited to reflect the following correction: The shooting victim was taken to University Hospitals main campus from Elyria.

ELYRIA — One man was injured in an officer-involved shooting in an apartment building near University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center on Tuesday evening.

According to a statement from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, Elyria police responded to call to a domestic disturbance shortly around 8:26 p.m. at 120 Riverside Court. The statement says a 27-year-old white man left a second-floor apartment where police had heard items being thrown or broken. The statement said the man had a handgun and was threatening officers, who fired, hitting him once. Police then used a stun gun on the man, who was transported to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, according to Herb de la Porte, vice president of Life Care Ambulance Inc. The man then was taken to University Hospitals main campus in Cleveland for surgery.

Katie Zatko lives in the front section of the apartment building involved — the shooting happened in the back half closer to Black River. While she couldn’t see how many police cars pulled up to the scene, she could hear the disturbance.

“I just heard screaming, like you could tell it was one person and then after like 15 minutes I heard ‘bang, bang, bang,’” she said. “I called 911 and I said I’m on Riverside Court, they said ‘We already know,’ they said stay in your house, we have every cop coming there and then I heard the sirens while I was still on the phone — and then a couple minutes later they all pulled up.”

While she has only lived in the building since March, Zatko said the area is normally pretty quiet.

“I haven’t even seen like a fight,” she said.

The shooting is being investigated by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and Lorain Police Department, due to Elyria police involvement, Lorain County Sheriff’s Capt. Don Barker said. Neither the name of the officers involved or the man who was shot are being released at this time.

Contact Carissa Woytach at (440) 329-7245 or cwoytach@chroniclet.com.


    911 calls that preceded officer-involved shooting in Elyria

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