October 22, 2014

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Man dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound after 5-hour standoff

PITTSFIELD TWP. — A 30-year-old man died Monday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound as Lorain County sheriff’s deputies surrounded a duplex on state Route 303 just west of state Route 58.

County Coroner Stephen Evans said Kenneth K. Cole shot himself with a pistol in the basement of 46167 state Route 303 shortly after he last spoke with deputies around 10 a.m.

Evans said Cole had some difficulties Sunday night and on Monday morning threatened to kill himself. His mother, who was in the house at the time, called authorities and ran out of the house.

Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh said deputies were called to the scene around 9:15 a.m. for a domestic disturbance with a report of at least one shot fired.

He said the first deputy on the scene had some contact with Cole, but that that communication stopped around 10 a.m.
Family members could be heard urging Cole, whom they called Kyle, to surrender.

“C’mon, Kyle, let us know you’re OK in there,” a man could be heard saying over a bullhorn at one point during the standoff. “Come on out.”

Cole’s family, who had waited for word of his fate in a nearby church, declined to comment in the aftermath of his death.

Cavanaugh said after several hours of having no contact with Cole, the decision was made to bring in the Lorain County SWAT Team to enter the house and determine what was going on inside. He said deputies never heard a gunshot while they had the house surrounded.

Around 2:45 p.m., SWAT members approached the house and began to peer in windows and deploy cameras to see inside.

As SWAT members waited outside with guns trained on the house, a cold rain, which had fallen intermittently throughout the day, became steadier.

Cavanaugh said once the SWAT Team entered the house and began methodically searching for Cole, officers found a shotgun and a pellet gun and threw them outside.

Cole’s body was found in the basement of the house between 4 and 4:30 p.m., he said.

He said a small-caliber handgun was found near Cole’s body. Evans said he would perform an autopsy today.

State Route 303 was shut down while SWAT members were searching the house and the road closure led to a minor injury accident.

Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Jeff Boris said 31-year-old Zachary McKissick of Wellington was driving south on state Route 58 in a 2006 Dodge Durango and stopped at the intersection and was rear-ended by a 2006 Acura TL traveling between 45 and 50 mph.

The driver of the Acura, Barbara Krausher, 63, of Wakeman, was distracted by the patrol cars at the standoff scene and couldn’t stop in time, Boris said.

He said McKissick was taken to the hospital as a precaution and Krausher was cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance.

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