Officer injured, suspect charged after police-involved shooting in Aurora

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AURORA, Ohio - A 26-year-old suspect was arrested after attacking an Aurora Police officer with a tire iron around noon Sunday, according to investigators.

Brandon Bayless. Courtesy Portage County Sheriff.
Brandon Bayless. Courtesy Portage County Sheriff.

Brandon Bayless was charged with felonious assault stemming from the incident at a home on the 900 block of East Boulevard. Investigators said a pair of officers responded to a report of a felonious assault and were let inside by Bayless’s mother when Bayless hit Sergeant Pat Domos in the head with the tire iron.

Domos fired four shots at Bayless but missed, and another officer deployed a Taser and arrested Bayless, according to investigators. The officers and Bayless were all treated and released from a local hospital. Bayless was then booked into the Portage County Jail and was expected to be arraigned Monday afternoon.

“They're both very experienced officers, they're both very well trained,” Aurora Police Lt. Andy Lumpkins said. “For them to be involved in something like this, it's a hard thing to do, but I believe they reacted as they would be trained, properly.”

Police Chief Brian Byard said the officers encountered a loose dog as they arrived at the house, but the dog did not injure them. The dog, described as a pit bull, was not hurt.

Police said the initial call reported Bayless had hit a teenage neighbor in the back of the head with an object. The teen, who had been visiting the house, sought help from a neighbor.

“The back of his head was bleeding and we brought him inside and gave him a compress for the back of his head, and we called the police department and EMS,” neighbor Bill Fisher said. “He was shook up and was nervous and was shaking.”

The teen was taken to a local hospital for treatment before being interviewed by police, according to investigators. Charges against Bayless related to the initial incident were also pending.

Police have had several issues with Bayless in the past. He was charged with disturbing the peace for an incident at the home on April 15. Bayless was convicted of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest by Domos in 2013. He was also convicted of obstructing official business and resisting arrest in 2010.

The incident comes at a difficult time for the Aurora Police Department, which was grieving the sudden death of Officer Stephen Cieslak on April 22.

“We all work together and keep an eye on each other and we'll get through it,” Lumpkins said, adding that crime was unusual in the area.

“This is not an everyday occurrence that we have here,” Lt. Lumpkins said. “This is pretty rare.”

The Aurora Police Department called in the Portage County Sheriff's Office and BCI to investigate Sunday’s incident. Domos, who has more than 20 years with the Aurora Police Department, was to be placed on paid leave for several days, which is standard procedure when a weapon is fired.

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