A shooting at an Ohio night club, the Last Call Bar, resulted in the death of a police officer and 2 others and left another man wounded. The shooting took place in the early morning hours of Sunday in the Fremont, Ohio club, approximately 35 miles outside Toledo. The suspect has not yet been identified or apprehended by police. He reportedly fled the club on foot after he opened fire. Police have, however, arrested a man who was accompanying the shooter, 37-year-old Hugo Ibarra. Ibarra has been charged with a misdemeanor count of obstruction of justice after having reportedly refused to answer police questions about the crime.
The victims have been identified as Elmore, Ohio police officer Jose Andy Chavez, age 26, who was off duty at the time of his murder; a Last Call Bar bartender, Ramiro Sanchez, 28; and a customer and reported relative of Chavez, 25-year-old Daniel Ramirez. A 25-year-old bar patron, also reportedly a relative of Chavez, Ramon Arreola, was injured during the incident as well. He was flown for treatment to a Toledo hospital where he remains in critical condition but is expected to recover fully and be released within the next several days. Detectives have reportedly been standing by to interview Arreola about the shooting and the incidents surrounding it as soon as he is able to speak with them.
Police responding to the tragic turn of events and interviewing witnesses say that the shooter had been in the bar for a period of time before taking fire and it is believed that he got into a disagreement with another customer leading to the out of control confrontation.
According to an uncle of Chavez and Sanchez, a fight broke out between his nephews and the alleged shooter, who he refers to as “Puppet,” after the man approached his niece and she asked him to leave her alone. “Puppet” then allegedly slapped the niece and was told to leave the club. The uncle says that the man did leave, but then came back in a side door and opened fire on his nephews, killing them both and leaving a third man dead and a fourth injured.
Fremont police and officials from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are continuing to review the incident and the investigation into the shooting that left a police officer and two others dead at the Ohio nightclub is ongoing. The public is urged to come forward immediately with any details that may aid officers in identifying and apprehending the suspect. Police say that they need additional information from those who were at the scene of the deadly attack early Sunday morning. A recent report indicates that the Last Call Bar has been closed since the shooting.
Officer Chavez receieved high praise for two-year his performance as a law enforcement officer and reportedly leaves behind his wife and two young children. They also report that the dealing with the nightclub shooting is made all that more difficult as it involves the death of a fellow Ohio police officer and two other members of their small community.
By Michele Wessel