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2 off-duty Lorain Auxiliary Police Officers shot while driving home from shift

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Posted at 8:39 AM, Sep 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-05 18:17:49-04

LORAIN, Ohio — A pair of Lorain Police Auxiliary Officers were shot early on Sunday morning, Neither one of their injuries are considered life-threatening, according to the Lorain Police Department.

Sunday afternoon, Police Sgt. Jacob Morris held a news conference regarding the shooting. Watch it in the media player below:

Lorain police give update after 2 auxiliary officers shot

Just after 2:00 a.m., Officer Michael Mizen was driving home from his shift with Officer William Mott in the passenger seat of the vehicle. While in the 1600 block of E. 34th St. the two officers noticed a vehicle aggressively following closely to them. Mizen then pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road to allow the other vehicle to pass. When this wasdone, a dark-colored vehicle pulled alongside of the officer’s vehicle and opened fire, authorities said.

Mizen was wounded in the finger while Mott was struck on the forehead. Both officers were taken to Mercy Hospital where they were treated for their injuries and then released. They are both recovering and in stable condition, according to the police department.

"Any help that we can get is obviously much appreciated. Really, it's helping the city," Morris said.

Morris stressed how important it is for police to find the person(s) responsible for shooting the officers. He asked anyone with information, including having any surveillance footage in the area to come forward.

"No matter what the situation is, whether it was somebody who was targeting law enforcement officers or whether it was somebody who was randomly committing acts of violence. Either way, there's not a good scenario. There's not a justifiable scenario there. This is somebody who clearly has very little regard for human life and is either impulsive or vindictive to the point where they're a danger to society," Morris said.

The investigation remains under investigation, and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Lorain Police Detective Bureau at 440-204-2105.

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