June 30, 2016


Son could face charges in dad’s suicide

ELYRIA — Police plan to forward to prosecutors their investigation into the suicide of 87-year-old Wesley Blaylock for consideration of possible charges against the son who called 911.

Wesley Blaylock

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said the investigation determined that David Blaylock, who called 911 around 10 a.m. Saturday, failed to disclose that he had found a gun when he first located his father on the floor at 101 Carriage Court.

“Unfortunately, he didn’t tell anyone that from the beginning,” Costantino said.

In a recording of the 911 call, the younger Blaylock said several times that he didn’t know how his father, who was bleeding heavily, had been injured. The 911 dispatcher assumed that Wesley Blaylock had fallen.

But medical personnel later determined that the elder Blaylock had been shot underneath the chin. He died from the wound at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland late Saturday. An obituary said Wesley Blaylock had suffered from a lengthy illness.

Costantino said that because David Blaylock withheld information, it complicated the investigation and possibly the medical care his father received early on.

“I understand in a situation like that people are scared, they panic, but you have to share information,” Costantino said.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled Wesley Blaylock’s death a suicide.

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

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Brad Dicken is the senior writer for the Chronicle-Telegram. He covers courts and county government, and has been with the Chronicle since 2001. He can be reached at 329-7147 or BDicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter.