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Man identified in Camden Twp. standoff

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    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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This story has been edited to reflect the following correction: The roads that were closed because of the standoff reopened around 11:30 p.m.

CAMDEN TWP. —  Authorities have released the name of a Huron County man shot and killed Sunday by police during a standoff. 

Daniel Calala, 62, of New London, was shot Sunday after he made movements that were a threat to officers, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

An autopsy was being performed Monday, according to the Lorain County Coroner’s Office.

According to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, the Huron County Sheriff’s Office notified them at approximately 4:10 p.m. to be on the lookout for a possibly suicidal Huron County resident thought to be driving a bronze-colored vehicle in the area of state Routes 303 and 511 in Camden Township.

When Lorain County deputies arrived in the area, they found a vehicle matching the description behind the Camden Township Complex at 50679 state Route 303.

Deputies began talking with Calala, who brandished two firearms — described by the sheriff’s office as a high-powered assault-style rifle and a semi-automatic handgun. Deputies took cover and began negotiating with him, all while he threatened to shoot them, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Lorain County SWAT team was then called to the scene, along with LifeCare Ambulance and the Camden Fire Department.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol closed streets in the area of state Routes 303 and 511 and alerted nearby residents and bystanders to find a safe space to hide or leave the area.

Calala refused to put down the guns and surrender. Later he began driving  west on Route 303 and traveled about a mile before turning his vehicle around and driving toward the deputies, who were following him from a distance.

Calala stopped his vehicle, and deputies again tried to talk with him. He then made movements that were seen as a threat to the deputies, police said.

A SWAT team member shot at Calala. When deputies moved in they found that he was dead. It is not currently clear if the fatal round was fired by an officer or by Calala himself. 

“I think the outcome is sad, but I think we were fortunate that more people weren’t injured,” Lorain County Sheriff’s Capt. Don Barker said.

Detectives from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and Lorain Police Department as well as the coroner were called to the scene. The roads reopened around 11:30 p.m.

The Lorain Police Department is leading the investigation into the shooting.



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