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LaGrange lieutenant on county SWAT fired gun in standoff

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    FILE -- Lorain County deputies stay alert and keep an eye on an armed man Sunday at the Camden Township Center.

    ANDREW DOLPH / CHRONICLE

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CAMDEN TWP. — Authorities on Monday named LaGrange police Lt. Wayne Ramsey as the Lorain County SWAT member who shot an armed Huron County man who allegedly threatened officers during a Nov. 25 standoff.

Ramsey fired at 62-year-old Daniel Calala, of New London, after Calala made threatening movements toward officers who stopped him in the area of state Routes 303 and 511 in Camden Township, according to a police report.

Told to be on the lookout for a possibly suicidal man, deputies found Calala in a vehicle near the Camden Township Complex, armed with a high-powered “assault-style” rifle and a handgun, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Calala refused to put down his guns and give up, driving away from deputies before turning around and approaching them again. After he made movements that Ramsey saw as a threat, he fired at least one shot and Calala was “incapacitated,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Calala was found dead in the car, though it remains unclear if Ramsey’s shot killed him. The Lorain County Coroner’s Office had no additional information on the situation after the shooting.

The Lorain Police Department is handling the investigation, Lorain County Sheriff’s Detective Capt. Donald Barker said Monday.

The Chronicle-Telegram has requested the dashboard cameras from police cruisers at the scene that night. Lorain County sheriff’s deputies do not have body-worn cameras, Barker said.

A sniper on the SWAT team, which is made up of officers from multiple Lorain County police departments, it is the second fatal shooting of Ramsey’s career.

According to Chronicle archives, on Sept. 15, 2012, also while on the SWAT team, Ramsey shot and killed 41-year-old Billy Alexander in the backyard of a house on Dewitt Street in Sheffield Township following a domestic violence call.

Alexander, who had assaulted his wife and threatened her, pointed a .38-caliber handgun at Ramsey, according to a Lorain Police Department investigation.

Ramsey, who was not injured during the incident, shot Alexander nine or 10 times from 2 to 4 feet away after Alexander pointed the gun at him. A Lorain County grand jury cleared Ramsey of any wrongdoing in September 2013, Prosecutor Dennis Will said at the time.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.


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