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    I don't know if this classifies as success...

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    Off-duty Akron police detective slain; brother-in-law charged

    By Ed Meyer and Andale Gross
    Beacon Journal staff writers

    NEW FRANKLIN - An off-duty Akron police detective was fatally shot by his brother-in-law at a family gathering Wednesday night after the detective apparently ignited the violence by hitting his wife and attempting to choke her, according to tape recordings of the 911 calls.

    The 911 calls were made to the New Franklin Police Department shortly before 9:30 p.m. by the detective's sister, Jenny Carlson, who initially told the dispatcher: ``My brother is very drunk and hitting his wife.''

    Shouting was heard in the background, and after a minute or so, according to the tape, Carlson told the dispatcher: ``Someone needs to come and get him because he is too drunk.''

    She then informed the dispatcher that her brother had his wife ``in a headlock'' and that she apparently was having trouble breathing.

    Moments later, other voices were heard on the tape as the violence escalated.

    Then the crack of several gunshots could be heard, and the dispatcher was disconnected seconds later.

    The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office identified the off-duty detective as Michael S. Beitko, 41, of Cliffside Drive in Akron.

    Beitko was treated at the scene by a person at the family gathering and taken to Akron General Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:07 p.m., New Franklin detective Sgt. Michael Korach said today.

    Korach said Beitko was hit by ``multiple gunshots'' from a ``large-caliber'' revolver, but declined to further identify the weapon.

    The victim's brother-in-law, Jacob A. Carlson, 32, of 87 Clement Ave., New Franklin, was being held in the Summit County Jail on a murder charge, Korach said.

    At Carlson's initial court appearance this afternoon, Barberton Municipal Judge Greg Macko set a $250,000 cash bond. Carlson didn't enter any plea. Another hearing was set for 1 p.m. Wednesday.

    According to the tape of the 911 call, the shooting occurred just seconds after Jacob Carlson apparently shouted a warning to Beitko, saying: ``Let go of her... or I'll kill you!''

    It was not clear on the tape -- at that point -- who had been in the man's grasp.

    Korach said alcohol was involved at the Clement Avenue gathering and that Beitko was unarmed when he was shot outside in the driveway of the neatly kept family home.

    ``Alcohol appeared to be a factor for all parties involved,'' the detective said.

    The 911 call by Jenny Carlson, Korach said, was to report a domestic violence incident. The incident escalated in a ``rather short time,'' Korach said. He declined to comment about any additional details of the incident.

    Akron police said Beitko had been with the department for 14 years and became a detective in 2001.

    He leaves his wife, Sue, and four daughters, ages 2 to 8.

    Korach said six children were at the family gathering, but no injuries were reported.

    An autopsy will be conducted today.

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    More info

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    In-law accused in cop's slaying

    By Ed Meyer and Andale Gross
    Beacon Journal staff writers

    NEW FRANKLIN - An off-duty Akron police detective was fatally shot by his brother-in-law at a family gathering Wednesday night after the detective apparently ignited the violence by hitting his wife and attempting to choke her, according to tape recordings of the 911 calls.

    The Summit County medical examiner's office identified the detective as Michael S. Beitko, 41, of Cliffside Drive in Akron.

    The 911 calls were made to the New Franklin Police Department shortly before 9:30 p.m. by the detective's sister, Jenny Carlson, who initially told the dispatcher: ``My brother is very drunk and hitting his wife.''

    Shouting was heard in the background at the Carlson family residence on Clement Avenue, and after a minute or so, according to the tape, Carlson told the dispatcher: ``Someone needs to come and get him because he is too drunk.''

    She then informed the dispatcher that her brother had his wife ``in a headlock'' and that she was having trouble breathing.

    Moments later, other voices were heard on the tape as the violence escalated.

    Then the crack of several gunshots could be heard, and the dispatcher was disconnected seconds later.

    Beitko was treated at the scene by a person at the gathering and taken to Akron General Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:07 p.m., New Franklin Detective Sgt. Michael Korach said.

    Korach said Beitko was hit by ``multiple gunshots'' from a ``large-caliber'' revolver, but declined to further identify the weapon.

    The victim's brother-in-law, Jacob A. Carlson, 32, of 87 Clement Ave., New Franklin, was being held in the Summit County Jail on a murder charge, Korach said.

    Carlson appeared Thursday afternoon in Barberton Municipal Court through a video hookup with the jail. Judge Greg Macko set bond at $250,000 cash.

    No plea was entered, and arraignment was scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday.

    In the video, Carlson was wearing a white neck brace, unrelated to the incident. His lawyer, Bruce Conrad, said Carlson suffered a serious neck injury this summer in a North Carolina swimming accident.

    The lawyer told the judge that Carlson would not be a flight risk and needs to be released from jail for doctor visits.

    Family members who attended the hearing declined to comment.

    According to the tape of the 911 calls -- the first was cut off quickly -- the shooting occurred just seconds after Beitko yelled: ``I'm taking my kids home... get out of my way.''

    He yelled at someone to get out of his way again, at which time, according to the tape, Jacob Carlson intervened, shouting: ``Let go of her... or I'll kill you!''

    It was not clear on the tape -- at that point -- who had been in the man's grasp.

    Korach said alcohol was involved at the gathering and that Beitko was unarmed when he was shot outside in the driveway of the neatly kept grounds.

    ``Alcohol appeared to be a factor for all parties involved,'' the detective said.

    The 911 call by Jenny Carlson, Korach said, was to report a domestic violence incident. The incident escalated in a ``rather short time,'' Korach said. He declined to give any additional details of the incident.

    Akron police said Beitko had been with the department for 14 years and became a detective in 2001.

    He leaves his wife, Sue, and four daughters, ages 2 to 8.

    Korach said six children were at the family gathering, but no injuries were reported.

    Previous discipline

    According to 2002 court testimony in a Summit County case involving another Akron police officer, Beitko had been disciplined by the department at least twice previously.

    He was suspended for 90 days in July 1993 in connection with an incident in which he was charged with drunken driving, punching an inmate and slamming the inmate into the back of a cruiser.

    In 2000, Beitko's wife called 911 after being pushed, shoved and put into a headlock while the officer allegedly threatened her with a gun. He also had been drinking in that incident, according to his department personnel file, but no criminal charges were filed. He instead received a 30-day suspension from Police Chief Michael Matulavich.

    Police union leader Paul Hlynsky, president of Fraternal Order of Police Akron Lodge 7, said Beitko was a hard worker and loyal colleague.

    ``He backed everyone up,'' Hlynsky said. ``He did a lot of good on the police department. When you judge a man, you can't judge him by an incident. You have to judge him as a total man.

    ``I hope the community understands that he did make a difference. He was proud to be an officer, and he did help his fellow man and the citizens of Akron.''

    Hlynsky, who had not heard the 911 tape of the shooting but was aware of it, said the tape is only part of the investigation.

    ``It certainly should not be the entire foundation of the case,'' he said. ``I would expect the prosecutors and investigating officers already understand that.''

    Officer remembered

    Akron police officers took time at roll call Thursday morning to reflect on Beitko.

    ``Everybody, I think, was pretty shocked,'' Maj. Michael Madden said. ``It was very somber at roll call.

    ``He was very well-respected by the other officers he worked with. He was a guy you could count on in any situation.''

    Madden said Beitko, who joined the force in 1992 as a patrolman, gained a solid reputation as a street officer. In 2001, he became a detective and was working the overnight detective shift at the time of his death.

    ``We were very impressed with his work on investigations,'' Madden said. ``It's a tremendous loss to this department personally and professionally.''

    Capt. Elizabeth Daugherty said Beitko was known to take the extra step on investigations. He did mostly desk work in the detective bureau but had begun developing a knack for digging into investigations outside of the office, she said.

    ``He was very skilled at the computer and getting into the files... and was able to put together information and come up with answers,'' Daugherty said. ``He was also known to leave work in the morning and track down suspects.... He had a nose for that kind of thing.''

    Officers said Beitko's wife, Sue, is a nurse at Akron City Hospital. Police are contributing money to the family through a benevolent fund.

    ``Obviously, with a young family like that, your heart goes out to his wife and four kids,'' Chief Matulavich said.

    An autopsy was performed Thursday, but the medical examiner's office did not release any details.

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    The shooter is a childhood friend of one of my close shooting buddies. In one sense it certainly was a sucess, insofar as that the beating/strangling of the two women (he was strangling the shooter's wife when he was shot) ceased and he won't be beating his wife or menacing her with his gun anymore. On the other hand, every incident like this is filled with tragedy; the kids were present for the beatings and possibly the shooting, four little girls don't have a father anymore because he was a drunken brute, Jake has to live with shooting his wife's brother in front of her, etc. Please say some prayers for everyone involved, and especially for Jake who sits in jail with a broken neck because he chose to defend his family.

    Tell me this though......

    In 2000, Beitko's wife called 911 after being pushed, shoved and put into a headlock while the officer allegedly threatened her with a gun. He also had been drinking in that incident, according to his department personnel file, but no criminal charges were filed. He instead received a 30-day suspension from Police Chief Michael Matulavich.
    What is a guy who does this, in addition to IIRC over a dozen other disciplinary actions, doing with a detective's badge? And furthermore, why wasn't he charged the first time?

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    Does the fact that the shoot-ee was an LEO have any bearing on the shooter being arrested and charged?

    If it was Joe Blow from the street, would he have been arrested? Charged?

    If it makes a difference, then something's pretty rotten in Denmark (or Ohio).

    Guess we won't know whether (or which) charges are justified for a while on this.

    Meanwhile, I couldn't agree more that this is a huge tragedy for all involved. The shoot-ee lost his life. The children lost their father. A family lost a member. Not to mention the bad things that will happen to the children (if any) who witnessed the violence....

    Tragic, ugly scene.

    Pray for'em all....and not just a little, either.

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    Something is well beyond rotten in Ohio.

    Here are some updates:

    THIS LINK details Beitko's past criminal history and the Police Departments refusal to arrest him or discharge him.

    In November 2000, an Akron police captain put in a call to the SWAT team to respond to an incident at Beitko's Cliffside Drive home on the city's west side.

    According to those records, Beitko assaulted his wife, ``choking her until she went limp,'' after coming home drunk at 2 p.m. carrying his service weapon.....

    ....Later, after the SWAT team had been called off, Lt. Sylvia Trundle, now a captain, began talking to Suzanne Beitko to find out what had happened.

    Trundle wrote: ``She stated that she and Michael got into an argument about his drinking.... She said (he) was just throwing things around the house and yelling but then he put her in a choke hold and she went limp. She said that it scared her because he had never done anything like that before and that was why she called the police.....

    ....Michael Beitko was taken out of the home that night and driven to his father's house in Manchester.
    and

    In November of that year, he was stopped in his car by Cuyahoga Falls police for going 74 mph in a 35 mph zone. An Akron police sergeant was summoned and found Beitko ``to be highly intoxicated.''

    The sergeant wrote in his report that he found ``several open containers of alcohol on the front seat and in a cup holder,'' as well as his service weapon.
    and

    Four months after his DUI conviction, Beitko was in trouble for striking a suspect who had been handcuffed behind another officer's patrol car.

    That officer said he had to pull Beitko off the suspect after Beitko ``had his hands around the subject's neck.'' Beitko was suspended for 90 days in connection with that incident.
    Nonetheless, he was allowed to keep his job and was promoted to detective. However, we have nothing to worry about since:

    We're not shy when it comes to arresting our own police officers,'' [Police Chief] Matulavich said. ``I don't think Mike Beitko was given any preferential treatment.''
    Read Jake's lawyers statement HERE.

    All the best,


    Joe

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    seems the officer in question should not have been allowed to keep his job after the first 2 incidents. Unfortunately , some corruption still does happen and taits the rest of the good LE in the process.
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    If I were the DA I'd have a hard time charging Jake with murder... LEO or not! This really smells bad!
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    ... the detective apparently ignited the violence by hitting his wife and attempting to choke her ... after a minute or so ... then informed the dispatcher that her brother had his wife ``in a headlock'' and that she apparently was having trouble breathing ... the crack of several gunshots could be heard ...
    Lots of facts missing and could easily be distorted (from our nice, comfy positions in arm chairs). But, it surely sounds like a life-or-death situation. Choking & trouble breathing. That's nothing to sneeze at. Any longer than that 1min lapse, and she might be dead. Knowing the guy's background, skills, level of belligerence and past history, the others likely wouldn't get near him for fear of being harmed. (Where's a baseball bat to the knees when you need one?) It's right to have been arrested in such a case. However, the shooting seemingly was in defense of someone in grave risk of death, actively being choked to death by someone having previously commited the same act. Hard to see how the level of defense is unjustified. He needs a good attorney, right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Knowing the guy's background, skills, level of belligerence and past history, the others likely wouldn't get near him for fear of being harmed. (Where's a baseball bat to the knees when you need one?)

    No one present was capable of using a baseball bat. Both women had already a been strangled/beaten by the 250-300 lb. man. Jake, the shooter, has a broken neck (non-paralysing) from a swimming accident earlier this summer and was in a a neck cast/brace.

    All the best,


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