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Police seek suspect in Elyria homicide (UPDATED)

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    Ivan Brooks




ELYRIA — Elyria police and federal agents are trying to track down a parolee fresh out of an Ohio prison who is wanted in connection with the shooting death of an Elyria man early Tuesday.

Ivan Brooks, 34, with a last known address in the 3300 block of Lexington Avenue in Lorain, is wanted by Elyria police in the killing of 45-year-old Terrence Taylor on Tuesday morning. He still was at large as of 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to Elyria police.

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said police executed a search warrant at Brooks’ last known residence, looking to arrest him for the fatal shooting of Taylor at a house in the 800 block of Broad Street.

Elyria police said officers were called to 841 Broad St. shortly before 3 a.m. for reports of a shooting. A woman directed officers to Taylor’s body, found behind the door of the home with multiple gunshot wounds.

Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers obtained an arrest warrant for Brooks after he was identified as a suspect and went to his Lorain address but was not there.

Officers searched for evidence at the Lexington Avenue residence, Costantino said. Lorain police assisted Elyria police, and the U.S. Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is helping Elyria police track down Brooks, he said.

Costantino declined to publicly release a motive behind Tuesday’s shooting.

Brooks should be regarded as “armed and extremely dangerous,” Costantino said. Anyone with any information is asked to call Elyria police at (440) 323-3302.

“Detectives are actively working on (the case) as we speak, but any help the public can provide us would be greatly appreciated,” Costantino said. “Our goal is for it to end peacefully, and we hope (Brooks) will turn himself in.”

Brooks is on parole from an Ohio prison on a conviction for fifth-degree felony drug possession, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. He was released from prison five weeks prior to Tuesday’s incident, according to the ODRC.

Public records show Brooks was convicted in August 2012 in Lorain County Common Pleas Court of participating in a criminal gang, a second-degree felony, and sentenced to four years in prison to be served concurrent with felony charges in three other criminal cases.

Those include convictions in January 2012, also in Lorain County Common Pleas Court, on kidnapping, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, robbery, burglary, drug trafficking, having weapons under disability, receiving stolen property and vandalism charges in at least three separate cases.

Brooks also picked up a fourth-degree felony domestic violence conviction in July 2017 but received three years community control, and was sentenced Feb. 7 to seven months for fifth-degree felony drug possession, court records show. With credit for time served, Brooks was released from his prison term Feb. 12, according to court records.

Costantino said Tuesday that Taylor was “known to police.” At the time of his death, he was awaiting trial on felony drug charges from a December arrest by Elyria police for possession of crack cocaine and fentanyl.

He also was the victim in a September 2009 shooting in which he was struck in the leg by a bullet, according to The Chronicle-Telegram archives, and was noted in a November 2011 Chronicle story for his lengthy record of citations and arrests for driving under suspension — 39 times in a nine-year span, according to the story.

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

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