April 20, 2014

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Test results indicate man in standoff was under influence

PITTSFIELD TWP. — The Elyria man who killed himself during a standoff with Lorain County sheriff’s deputies last month had alcohol and heroin in his system when he died, according to a toxicology report released this week.

Deputies were called to 46167 state Route 303 March 18 by Kenneth Kyle Cole’s mother, Esther Cole, who reported that her son was high and punching holes in doors at her house. She also thought he had fired a shot with a gun kept inside the house.

Deputy Anthony Damiano talked with Kenneth Cole by cell phone after he arrived on the scene and Cole told him that he hadn’t fired a gun and that he would surrender after he got dressed. A few minutes later, another deputy reported hearing what he thought was a gunshot from the house.

After hours of no contact with Cole, the Lorain County SWAT Team entered the house and found Cole dead in the basement. County Coroner Stephen Evans has said that Cole shot himself once in the head with a .32-caliber pistol.

The toxicology report showed that Cole had heroin and prescription drugs used to treat anxiety in his system, Evans said.

Cole, 30, also had a blood-alcohol level of 0.14, nearly twice the legal driving limit of 0.08, according to the report. Deputies reported finding an empty bottle of blackberry liquor near Cole’s body.

Cole’s mother told a 911 dispatcher that her son had been in treatment for heroin addiction, but he had stopped attending those sessions.

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