Thursday, August 30, 2007


Elyria Police say the investigation continues after today’s incident on Gates Ave where two men received stab wounds during a fight.

Police say that a 42-year-old man went to the home of 25-year-old Chris Chafin at 212 Gates Ave in Elyria. The suspect entered the home after Chafin opened the door; it is still unclear if the two men knew each other before this incident. An altercation took place in the residence between the two men; Chafin went to the rear of the residence to get a baseball bat. The suspect took a knife from the kitchen and pursued Chafin with the altercation continued inside the home. Both the suspect and Chafin exited the residence with the suspect fleeing the scene on a bicycle and Chafin sitting on the front porch waiting for Police and EMS.

Police confirm that the knife was found behind a nearby residence and the baseball bat that Chafin used was sitting on the front porch. Both were seized as evidence.

Chafin received knife wounds to the body and arm while the suspect received knife wounds to his hand and wounds suffered after being struck by a bat. LifeCare Paramedics and Elyria Firefighters treated both on scene before being transported to Elyria Memorial Hospital where helicopters were waiting to fly them to Cleveland.

Police say that at this time no charges have been filed but it is possible that the suspect could be charged with Felonious Assault and Tampering with Evidence.


Blogger South Elyria Block Watch said...

The suspect not named is Rich Shumate. He has been around the area for years hanging out with the drug crowd. He used to live on my neighbors porch (an ex drug house).

If I was a betting man I'd say this was drug related.


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