RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio – An Ohio man who retrieved a gun from a closet and shot a police officer in the chest was cooperative and agreed to go to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation before opening fire, a suburban Cleveland police chief said Monday.
A second officer fatally shot 46-year-old Carlumandarlo Zaramo after Zaramo shot the first officer in the chest at a home in Richmond Heights on Sunday, Police Chief Gene Rowe said. The wounded officer, who was not wearing a ballistic vest, hasn't been identified. He was in serious but stable condition on Monday, Rowe said. Zaramo was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Rowe, Zaramo's wife called police around 7 p.m. Sunday to report that her husband was threatening to kill himself and that he had a handgun. The wife was waiting outside the home when officers arrived. A dispatcher reached Zaramo and he agreed to let officers inside the home, Rowe said.
"They said he was not aggressive or combative and agreed to be transported to a hospital with a psychiatric unit for evaluation," Rowe said during a telephone interview.
Zaramo said he needed clothes and two officers followed him upstairs to a bedroom, Rowe said. The man went into his closet, turned around and shot the officer, a sergeant who is a 19-year police veteran. The second officer then shot Zaramo.
Rowe said he didn't know how many shots the second officer fired.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting.