December 22, 2014

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Man fatally shot in Avon

Ryan Raider

Ryan Raider

AVON — Police are investigating a overnight shooting early Saturday that killed a 29-year-old man.

According to police, Brandon Smith was shot once in the head by a roommate, identified as Ryan Raider, 25.

Smith was rushed to the EMH Avon Emergency Care Center by Avon Fire Department paramedics.

He was later flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was pronounced dead, Police Chief Richard Bosley said.

Raider was taken into custody on charges of reckless homicide and having weapons while intoxicated.

He is being held at the Lorain County Jail pending arraignment Tuesday in Avon Lake Municipal Court, according to Bosley.

Preliminary investigation has led police to conclude the shooting was an accident.

“Everything we have so far points to this not being intentional,” Bosley said.

Bosley said both men lived at a residence near French Creek and Muirwood Roads along with Smith’s girlfriend, who placed a 911 call reporting a man had been shot in the head.

Smith was shot once in the head, Bosley said.

It was not immediately known what kind of weapon was used.

“Both men had been out drinking at a local bar earlier in the evening,” Bosley said.

Police had not determined whether either of the men was intoxicated.

“We do believe alcohol may have been a factor, but the shooting appears to be inadvertent in nature,” Bosley said.

Avon police, along with officers from Avon Lake and Sheffield, responded to the home, where they found Raider leaning over Smith in an apparent attempt to control the man’s bleeding.

Police initially withheld Smith’s name until his parents were notified, Bosley said.

Officials were also trying to locate Smith’s siblings to inform them of the man’s death.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.