ELYRIA — A Carlisle Township man who fired a gun near his brother last April and fled before police arrived pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of felonious assault, tampering with evidence, having weapons under disability and inducing panic.
Eric Cool, 41, called police nearly a year ago to report that he was suicidal and had just tried to kill his brother at a Hastings Road property that has been raided twice in the past for drugs.
When Lorain County sheriff’s deputies arrived, they didn’t find Cool, but they did find his brother, Pete Shelwick, who told them that Cool fired a single shot toward him with a rifle but missed.
Cool, who had been facing charges in Medina County of operating a mobile meth lab, fled into the woods, and deputies brought in a helicopter from Marion County to assist in the search.
Cool eluded authorities for several hours and told deputies he smashed the .22-caliber rifle he was carrying against a tree and threw it into the Black River.
Deputies arrested Cool after he returned to the house and was spotted by those in the helicopter. He surrendered when ordered to by police.
Paul St. Marie, Cool’s attorney, said he hopes that his client gets probation in the case.
He said both Cool and Shelwick agreed that Cool wasn’t actually trying to hit his brother when he fired the gun.