LORAIN — An approximately 15-minute standoff between police and an armed man ended around 11 p.m. Sunday with the man being shot after police said he shot at officers.
Jarelle Guice, 23, of Lorain was holding a pistol to his head and mouth and threatening suicide outside an apartment at 1648 E. 29th St., shortly before being shot, several witnesses said. The man then pointed the pistol at police and fired, according to police spokesman Lt. Mark Carpentiere.
“Officers then returned fire and shot him,” said Carpentiere who didn’t identify the man.
Guice, who was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, is in good condition this afternoon.
The officers in the shootout, whom Carpentiere didn’t identify, were uninjured.
The incident began with a domestic dispute on or near East 29th Street, according to Carpentiere. While officers were there, Guice returned to the scene and Carpentiere said Guice shot at police before fleeing.
Witness Angel Carrasco said around 10:45 p.m. he saw a man in a black Scion speeding west on East 29th followed by a police car. Seconds later, Carrasco said he heard a crash and he and several friends ran about a block to the Southern Heights apartment complex where the man had crashed the car into the front of the apartment at 1648 E. 29th St.
After the crash, Guice paced back and forth outside the apartment, Carrasco said.
“He had the gun pointed to his head threatening to kill himself,” said Carrasco, who took pictures of the incident on his phone. “A girl came out screaming, ‘He’s trying to kill himself!’ ”
Several officers had their guns pointed at Guice, and the officers included Officer Craig Payne and his police dog Kriss, according to witnesses. At least one of the officers had a semiautomatic rifle.
Witness Roxanne Rivera said Guice asked to speak to his sister prior to being shot. She said the officers tried to convince him to drop the pistol.
“The cops were like, ‘We can get you help, you need to put the gun down, it’s just a misdemeanor,’ ” Rivera said. “It was very scary.”
Witnesses said the Guice then walked 20 yards south behind the apartment the Scion had crashed into and they heard up to 12 shots. After the shooting, Carrasco said officers tried to help Guice, who was lying on his back bleeding and speaking to them.
“When the cops picked him up, they had blood on their hands,” Carrasco said.
The incident is being investigated by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. It is standard procedure for an outside police agency to investigate a shooting involving an officer to avoid a conflict of interest.
Carpentiere said the last time a Lorain officer shot someone was about 10 years ago.
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