CLEVELAND -- Newly-released police video is shedding light on the August 3 arrest of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Lance Mason, for allegedly punching, choking and biting his wife.
On a responding police officer’s body camera, the officer is heard saying, "Our dispatcher gave it out. There's a guy who kicked everybody out of the house. He's got a gun in the house. He's threatening suicide." Judge Mason is seen in handcuffs, and the officer says, "We have him with us. He's in custody, no injuries that we can see."
As police spoke with Judge Mason, they took note of the blood on his t-shirt. The judge is then heard asking, "How's my wife?” The officer responds, “What do you mean, how's your wife?” Mason then says, “She was on; she jumped out of the car.”
An officer is later heard saying, "She's off to Hillcrest. That explains it. That's why all the blood is on his shirt." Investigators say Mason's children were present during the attack, and the judge asks about their well-being before telling the officer that he had contemplated suicide.
Mason says, "What about my kids? I was going to kill myself but..." The officer then said, “No, you don't want to do that."
Police then questioned Judge Mason about weapons and ammunition found inside his home. Mason told the officer, "The weapons, I have a safe that I opened up so you can get to it," and adds, "There's a gun on my bed, too."
Judge Mason’s wife was treated for her injuries and released. Mason is free on bond, awaiting the presentation of the case to a grand jury.
Court administrator Greg Popovich told FOX 8 that visiting Judge Ronald Suster is handling Mason’s docket, pending the outcome of the criminal case.