AVON -- The girlfriend of Brandon Smith, the man who police said was fatally shot by his roommate Saturday night, frantically pleaded with a 911 dispatcher to send rescue crews during the nearly eight-minute-long phone call.
She said Smith, 29, and his roommate Ryan Raider, 25, who has been charged with Smith’s death, were drinking that night and “messing with a gun” when it went off, striking Smith.
“I don’t think he thought the gun was loaded. He was messing around with it,” she said, crying during the call to 911.
A news release from the Avon Police Department indicated that alcohol may have played a factor in the shooting, but Police Chief Richard Bosley would not confirm whether Raider or Smith was intoxicated, citing a pending investigation.
Bosley said the two were drinking at a local bar earlier that evening.
Police were called at 3:16 a.m. Saturday by Smith’s girlfriend and arrived at the home, 38532 French Creek Road, at 3:24 a.m.
During the phone call, the woman asks how long it will be until rescue crews arrive, telling the dispatcher that Smith’s heart is still beating.
“There is an officer here, but there’s no f---ing ambulance here. We need the ambulance. We need the ambulance. What the f---?” she screams into the phone after speaking with the dispatcher for seven minutes.
Avon fire Capt. Tim Barrett said the Fire Department was dispatched to the home at 3:19 a.m. but had to wait for police to stage the area because of the involvement of a firearm. Avon Fire Department paramedics arrived at 3:25 a.m. and transferred Smith to Avon Emergency Care Center.
Smith later was flown to Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was pronounced dead.
According to police, Smith had a gunshot wound to the head, and Raider was leaning over the victim to attempt to control the bleeding. Both men were found in a bedroom in the home.
Raider was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, a third-degree felony, and having weapons while intoxicated. He was being held at Lorain County Jail until his arraignment at 8 a.m. today at Avon Lake Municipal Court.
Bosley said Raider has not been previously charged for any weapon-related incidents in the city. Bosley said police were called for an incident in January involving Raider in which people were shooting in the area of Schwartz Road, but Raider had permission to shoot in the area and he was not charged.
Other weapons were found in Smith and Raider’s residence, but Bosley could not say what exactly was found at the scene. He said Smith was shot with a 9 mm pistol.
On Monday, the doors to the home of Smith and Raider were padlocked shut, and a bloody handprint was left on the door.