Lorain officer responding to shooting surrounded by mob, police say
LORAIN, Ohio- A shooting suspect was able to get away when a group of people mobbed a Lorain officer on Sunday, police said.
Police were called to West 19th Court at about 2:35 a.m. for a report of shots fired. The first officer on the scene spotted a man leaving the home and did not know if he was the shooting suspect, so he ordered the man to stop. Lorain police said Rayon Cooper ran away, but was handcuffed after the officer threatened to use his Taser.
Lorain police said Cooper’s girlfriend, Shauntia Sims, tried to stop the officer from making the arrest. That’s when about six or seven people surrounded the officer, according to the Lorain Police Department. The officer pulled out his gun and pushed the man’s girlfriend away.
About seven more people joined the group as one person called for them to charge at the officer, Lorain police said. The officer pointed his gun at the crowd until another officer arrived and helped disperse them.
Meanwhile, the 17-year-old shooting suspect was able to escape in a friend’s car. He was wanted for felonious assault, but turned himself into police.
The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was treated at an area hospital.
Cooper was charged with obstructing official business and Sims was charged with resisting the arrest of another.