LAGRANGE TWP. — A state trooper was injured and hospitalized Thursday after responding to a call that ended in a violent altercation with an Elyria man.
At about 7:16 a.m., a state trooper from the Elyria post went to check on the welfare of a man walking in the road just outside the village of LaGrange. The man, later identified as Cornelious L. Carey Jr., 44, was walking in the middle of the roadway on Diagonal Road. Trooper Lance Deshuk found Carey near the intersection of Diagonal Road near Biggs Road.
Carey, troopers said, was confrontational and struck the trooper in the face.
A LaGrange Township woman who was driving by the scene called 911, telling the operator she saw the man “brutally beating the officer.”
The woman, who did not wish to be named, said the suspect bit half of the trooper’s ear off.
“I was screaming at the man to get off the officer and the suspect wouldn’t let the officer go,” she said. “I felt helpless. The officer kept yelling in his radio for help.”
The mother of three said she wanted to jump out of her vehicle to help the injured officer, but she was too terrified of the suspect.
The struggle continued for several minutes until additional officers arrived. Carey was charged with felonious assault and taken to Lorain County Jail.
Felonious assault is a second-degree felony, which typically carries a sentence of two to eight years in prison. If the victim is a police officer, however, the offense is elevated to a first-degree felony punishable by three to 11 years in prison.
Deshuk was taken by ambulance to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center with serious but nonlife-threatening injuries. Deshuk is recovering at home after surgery, according to the patrol.
Carey has a history of unprovoked violence toward police officers and others, according to police reports from years past.
In May, Carey was arrested on charges of assault of a police officer, aggravated menacing, open container and obstructing official business after he violently pushed a police officer and threw a beer bottle at his chest.
That incident took place in Lorain where, according to police records, there is a dispatch note attached to Carey’s name: Send three officers when dealing with him.
Based on a police report dating back eight years, it is also possible that Carey is dealing with mental health issues. In June 2010, The Chronicle-Telegram reported Carey was a patient of the Nord Center, which offers behavioral and mental health services to children and adults in the Lorain County area.
The report came in response to a call to the Elyria police from Carey’s family, who said that they were trying to get him to go to a hospital to be evaluated.
When officers arrived, Carey told them to arrest his family members instead because they were “poisoning his food and raping children,” the police report said.
Police officers got Carey under control using pepper spray and charged him with two counts of assault and one count of resisting arrest.