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Man dies after being shot by Elyria police officers at Lorain County gas station

Posted: 11:31 AM, Jul 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-03 18:05:26-04
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Elyria officer-involved shooting

CARLISLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A man who was shot by Elyria police officers Tuesday at a Carlisle Township gas station has died, according to the Lorain County Sheriff's Office. Another man who was also shot is being treated at a hospital.

Following the shooting, Isaiah Robinson, 39, of Cleveland, was transported to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Robinson was shot at a gas station in the 1425 block of East Avenue. Authorities said that Robinson was in a black sedan with heavily-tinted windows that matched the description of a car seen at a shooting on Park Meadow Lane earlier in the afternoon. Police were notified about a car spotted at the gas station matching the description of the suspect vehicle and officers converged on the location.

After arriving, Elyria police ordered everyone inside the vehicle to exit. Minutes later, the rear door of the car opened, and police officers said that they saw a gun pointing in their direction, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. That’s when Elyria officers started shooting.

Robinson and the other occupant were both hit. The other occupant, Damon Battles, who is also 39 and an Elyria resident, was transported to University Hospitals for treatment. His condition is unknown.

No officers were injured in the shooting.

The Elyria police chief identified the officers as Charles McArthur, who was hired in 2012, and Alan Kubas, who was hired in 2017. The officers are on administrative leave per department policy.

The Lorain County Sheriff's Office confirmed that a firearm was found inside the vehicle that was shot at by police.

The shooting at Park Meadow Lane is under investigation by the Elyria Police Department. The officer-involved shooting at the gas station is under investigation by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and the Lorain Police Department.

The Elyria Police Department does not have dash or body cameras, the sheriff's office said. Earlier this year, News 5 Investigators looked into which local law enforcement agencies use body cameras, and how these cameras sometimes still fail to record critical moments.

David Harris, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh and expert on body cameras, spoke with 5 On Your Side Investigator Sarah Buduson for that investigation earlier this year about the expectation among members of the public that every police interaction should be captured on camera.

"It does put a burden on a prosecutor to put testimony on explaining why there was no body camera, we didn’t have them yet; or this officer wasn’t wearing one because it wasn’t assigned; it wasn’t the officer’s fault, things like that. It’s very similar to what we used to call the CSI effect," Harris said in an interview earlier this year.

He later added during that interview, "The right thing is honestly for all departments to deploy this type of technology. If they can afford it, then they should do it. They should have a comprehensive, well-thought-out set of rules in their policy and they should enforce those rules uniformly."

No additional information has been released.

A Facebook Live video recorded by a woman in a car with her children, just feet away from the car that was riddled with bullets by police, has been circulated widely on social media. A version of that video which has been edited for language and to protect the identity of a child can be viewed at the top of this story.

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