Police: Man Set Fire, Assaulted Officers and Family

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WESTLAKE, Ohio — A man is accused of setting a garage fire that totaled a Lexus and assaulting family members and police officers.

According to the Westlake Police Department, a domestic dispute was reported at 8:31 a.m. Wednesday by a resident on Savannah Parkway.

A family member, described by police as a 28-year-old Lakewood man, allegedly set the fire, hit a 59-year-old female, swung a golf club at a 56-year-old male and damaged numerous rooms and furnishings in the house with the club.

He fought with police when they arrived, and the use of a taser and pepper spray did not initially work, a media release stated.

Three officers eventually subdued the man with the help of a taser.

A male officer received treatment for cuts, bruises and back pain.  A female officer declined treatment after she was kneed by the suspect.

Both are back at work.

A male relative suffered minor burns and was treated at the scene.  The female relative was not hurt.

The suspect was taken by police cruiser to St. John Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries then to a Columbus-area mental health facility.  He is said to suffer from a psychiatric condition.

Charges will be presented to the grand jury for consideration, including aggravated arson, felonious assault, assault on a police officer and domestic violence.

The man was not arrested.

Fire departments from Westlake, Avon, Avon Lake, Bay Village, North Olmsted, and North Ridgeville responded.

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