Lorain officer on leave after confrontation with stabbing suspect

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LORAIN, Ohio-- A Lorain police officer is on leave for not following department protocol after a suspect was arrested for assault at his ex-girlfriend's home.

Police were called to a house on East Erie Avenue in Lorain on Nov. 2 for a report of a "woman screaming for help." According to Lorain police, Jared Brillon attacked two men who tried to help the victim, stabbing the one repeatedly.

Officer Christopher Ferenzi had recently dropped his young son off with his ex-girlfriend at the same address. He knew his ex was involved with Brillon, who has a history of violence.

When officer Ferenzi arrived at the scene, Brillon was already handcuffed and in the back of a police cruiser. According to police, the officer cursed at the suspect and "made physical contact with Brillon's lower right cheek with his hand, which contained a small flashlight."

Brillon didn't suffered any injuries and did not filed a complaint. He was changed with felonious assault.

Ferenzi, who does not have a significant disciplinary record, received 10 days unpaid suspension for violating the standards of conduct. He will remain employed by the Lorain Police Department.

"While it may be understandable that Officer Ferenzi was upset regarding the presence of his son during an extremely violent confrontation, it does not excuse his actions during this incident," the department said in the release.

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