July 23, 2014

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Lorain man faces charge of attempted murder for allegedly shooting at cops

LORAIN — Jarelle Guice was charged Thursday with attempted murder for allegedly firing at Lorain police officers trying to arrest him in connection with a domestic violence incident June 3, his attorney said.

Lawyer Mike Duff said Guice, who was shot by police following a brief standoff, now will be held in the Lorain County Jail on a $1 million bond.

He said prosecutors in Lorain Municipal Court dropped aggravated burglary and other charges that Guice already faced rather than present evidence during a preliminary hearing that had been scheduled for Thursday.

Guice, 23, was being sought by police in connection with a domestic violence incident earlier in the evening when officers spotted him and tried to stop him.

Guice allegedly sped back to the apartment complex where he had been earlier, rammed the apartment next to where his ex-girlfriend was staying and got out of his car.

Police have said Guice fired at police, striking a police cruiser, before heading to another spot in the compound, where he paced and at times placed a pistol to his head as officers tried to talk him into surrendering.

He then allegedly fired at officers, who returned fire, striking Guice several times, critically injuring him. Duff has said Guice was shot seven times.

Guice was released from the hospital a few days after the shooting and has been held in the county jail ever since.

Duff acknowledged his client was carrying a handgun the night of the shooting, but insisted Guice never fired at police officers.

He has previously called the police response “overkill.”

City and police officials have said they believe the shooting of Guice was justified, but the investigation, which is being handled by Lorain County sheriff’s deputies and Elyria police, is ongoing.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.