June 25, 2016


Columbia Station man shot

COLUMBIA STATION — A Columbia Station man was shot in the torso on Thursday, but so far deputies have no idea how it happened.

Lorain County Sheriff’s Capt. John Reiber said Robert Rothacker, 65, was in his backyard on Brokaw Road when he was shot about 8:45 p.m.

Rothacker’s wife rushed him to St. John West Shore Hospital in Westlake and Rothacker was then taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he is listed in fair condition.

Reiber said deputies haven’t recovered a weapon and have yet to speak with Rothacker. Deputies did interview his wife, but she had no idea what happened because she was inside at the time her husband was shot.

The shooting could have accidental, a stray shot or intentional, Reiber said.

“We’re trying to figure out what happened,” he said.

See Saturday’s Chronicle for more on this story.

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