ELYRIA — A man the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office said walked out of his apartment armed with a gun following an Oct. 30 disturbance call at the apartment and was shot at least once by Elyria police is facing two felony charges.
Richard J. Carlton, 27, of 120 Riverside Court, is charged with two counts of felonious assault, both second-degree felonies, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. He is expected to appear for a hearing this morning in Elyria Municipal Court, according to sheriff’s office records.
Deputies are investigating the incident at the request of Elyria police. The officers involved, Sgt. Jacob Webber and Officer Anthony Weber, remain on paid administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing.
Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely told Elyria City Council on Monday that “the officers are fine” and that Carlton was treated before being taken to Lorain County Jail. Sheriff’s office records indicate he was booked just after 11 a.m. Thursday.
According to the sheriff’s office, the officers went to Carlton’s apartment just before 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30 for a report of a disturbance there.
Carlton had been acting “in a threatening manner” toward other residents of the complex, making a ruckus in his apartment and allegedly screaming and shouting that he planned to kill and shoot other people, residents told police in a number of 911 calls made that day.
After officers had no luck knocking on Carlton’s door, they left to get a key from apartment management. That’s when Carlton exited his apartment, allegedly armed with a handgun, and threatened the officers with it, deputies said.
Carlton was shot at least once, and after resisting arrest had to be subdued with a stun gun to be brought under control, according to the sheriff’s office.
It was the first officer-involved shooting for Elyria police since 2012.