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Westlake police say fire set by family member during domestic dispute

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WESTLAKE – Police say a garage fire was intentionally set Wednesday morning after a domestic dispute between family members.

A 59-year-old Savannah Parkway resident called police at 8:31 a.m. to report a dispute with a family member. When officers arrived, they found an attached garage on fire.

The family member, a 28-year-old Lakewood man, is believed to have deliberately set the fire, which totaled a Lexus parked in the garage, police Capt. Guy Turner said.

The family member, whose name has not been released, also struck a 59-year-old female relative with his hands, damaged numerous rooms and furnishings in the house with a golf club, swung it at a 56-year-old male relative, and then fought with officers on the scene, Turner said.

Initial Taser use and pepper spray did not subdue the man; a final Taser deployment allowed three officers to subdue him, Turner said.

The man was taken by police cruiser to St. John Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. He suffers from a psychiatric condition and has been transported to a Columbus-area mental health facility, Turner said.

Two Westlake police officers were also taken to St. John Medical Center, Turner said. A male officer received treatment for cuts and bruises and back pain and was released. A female officer declined treatment after the suspect kneed her in the groin. Both returned to work.

The male relative suffered minor burn injuries and was treated at the scene. The female relative was not injured.

The man has not been arrested. Charges to be presented for consideration to the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury include: aggravated arson, felonious assault, two charges of assault on a police officer, and two charges of domestic violence.

Westlake Fire Department, as well as Avon, Avon Lake, Bay Village, North Olmsted and North Ridgeville fire departments also responded to the scene.

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