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Judge rules Aurora man not competent to stand trial in tire iron attack on officer

by DAVE O'BRIEN | RECORD-COURIER REPORTER Published: September 28, 2016 1:00 AM
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Ravenna -- An Aurora man accused of hitting a police sergeant with a tire iron in May during a disturbance at an East Boulevard residence is not competent to stand trial, a judge recently ruled.

Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman on Sept. 2 ruled that Brandon J. Bayless, 27, of East Boulevard will not stand trial on charges he hit Aurora police Sgt. Pat Domos in the head with a tire iron during an incident May 1.

She ordered Bayless to remain in the Portage County Jail until a bed becomes available for him at the Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare facility in Northfield, according to court records.

He will be evaluated and treated there, and may later be brought to trial if ruled competent. Such rulings typically are revisited within one year.

Aurora officers were called to Bayless' residence after he and a juvenile neighbor reportedly were involved in an argument. After officers entered Bayless' home, he allegedly hit Domos in the head.

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Domos fired a shot from his service weapon during the incident, but no one was hit by gunfire. Officers used a Taser to subdue Bayless and he was arrested.

Another officer was bitten by a dog during the incident. He, Domos and another officer were treated at a nearby hospital and released. Three officers were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Bayless was treated at Cleveland Clinic-Twinsburg, then arrested.

Email: dobrien@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4157


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