Killer slapped woman before opening fire

Suspect still on the run; Elmore police officer among three dead
Courtney Astolfi
Mar 10, 2014

Three men are dead and one wounded after a gunman opened fire inside Fremont's Last Call Bar early Sunday morning. 

The shooter remains unidentified and on the run as of Sunday evening, police said.

Off-duty Elmore police Officer Jose "Andy" Chavez, 26, and bartender Ramiro Sanchez, 28, both died at the scene.

Daniel Ramirez, 25, a relative of Andy's, was rushed to Fremont Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

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Another relative, Ramiro Arreola, 25, was flown by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, but a family member told the Register his injuries were not life-threatening, and they expect him to be released in the next day or two.

Fremont police received an emergency call at 1:29 a.m. Sunday, notifying them of shots fired at the West State Street bar, Fremont police Chief Tim Wiersma said.

When they arrived at the scene one minute later, the shooter had already fled on foot, Wiersma said.

Officers did, however, arrest the man who accompanied the shooter to the bar, Wiersma said.

Hugo Ibarra, 37, was charged with misdemeanor obstruction after he refused to answer investigators' questions.

Ibarra posted a cash bond and was released from the Sandusky County jail at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, according to jail records.

“He's not been cooperating at all,” Wiersma said.

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While Wiersma could shed little light on the circumstances leading up to the gunfire, he did say that an altercation took place inside the bar prior to the shooting.

Manuel Chavez, an uncle to both Andy Chavez and the wife of Daniel Ramirez, offered details of that fight during an interview with the Register.

According to Manuel, the shooter had approached his niece “Bernie” Ramirez inside the bar. Manuel was unsure how they knew one other but said she was indeed familiar with him.

“Some guy said, 'Hey, I heard you're talking crap about me',” Manuel said of that interaction. The woman then told him to go away, at which point the man slapped her, Manuel said.

“When that happened, all hell broke loose—my nephews jumped on this guy,” Manuel said.

The gunman, nicknamed Puppet, was then either told to leave or kicked out of the bar. But he slipped back inside through a side door and began unleashing rounds, Manuel said.

“The way they're making it sound, he walked in the side door and saw my nephews. He shot at them and took off running,” Manuel said.

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A bullet penetrated Andy through his upper body and struck Ramiro “Juni” Arreola in the back of his shoulder, Manuel said.

Another bullet pierced the left side of Daniel's chest and a third struck Ramiro Sanchez. It remains unclear if Sanchez, the bartender, was caught in the fray accidentally.

“I understand that he had made some attempt to intervene,” Wiersma said.

Police do not yet know what kind of weapon was used or how many rounds were unleashed, Wiersma said.

Before they went to the bar Saturday night, the group had been at the Fremont home of Manuel's son for a birthday party thrown for Andy's 9 or 10-year-old daughter, Chavez said.

After the party concluded, Daniel Ramirez suggested they go out to the Last Call Bar to celebrate Andy's own birthday—he had turned 26 earlier this week.

Manuel received a call from his brother around 2:30 a.m. “He said Andy was gone already. Daniel was hit and Juni was hit,” Manuel recounted.

He sped to the hospital, but Daniel died just as he arrived.

“They weren't bad guys, they stayed out of trouble. Something just went wrong that night,” Chavez said.

Andy had been a police officer in Elmore—a village about 20 minutes northwest of Fremont— for two years, Manuel said.

“He was a nice person, he helped people out a lot, whoever was in trouble. A great father to his kids and wife and well-respected in the town of Elmore. He was a fun guy, he'd make you laugh and everything,” Manuel said of his nephew Andy.

And Daniel was much the same, Manuel said of his niece's husband.

“He was in the reserves, overseas in South Korea for a couple years. He just started truck driving with other relatives. Daniel was also a real nice guy, he gave a lot of love to everybody and he liked to play volleyball. He's a loving father and husband who would do anything for his family,” Manuel said.

Both of the men's wives were with them at the bar, along with other relatives.

Andy left behind his wife Amber, their daughter Mira and a toddler son.

Daniel left behind his wife Bernie, and three children, each under the age of 11, Manuel said.

A second Fremont shooting was reported on Allen Street near the Night Riders Motorcycle Club about 45 minutes after the Last Call shooting, Wiersma said.

Later, Cardell Beachum, 44, showed up at Fremont Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Beachum gave no details of the shooting other than a large man who he did not know was to blame.

The Last Call shooter, Wiersma said, was described as a small man.

Police do not believe the two incidents are connected, Wiersma said.

Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents were still processing the scene as of late Sunday morning but had left the area by about noon.

Officers also rounded up witnesses immediately after the shooting for questioning as there were more than 20 people inside the bar when it occurred, Wiersma said.

"There was a lot of mass confusion," Wiersma said. 

Interviews continued into Sunday afternoon. “We're trying to interview as many people as we can today while its still fresh in their minds,” Wiersma said.

Wiersma anticipated showing photo lineups to witnesses in an attempt to identify the gunman in the near future. 

A nearby business manager, Sal Abbulone, of AJ's Heavenly Pizza said the area is generally safe. 

Abbulone does not believe the shooting will keep people from visiting the area.

Even so, Fremont residents were shocked by the grisly scene.

“Just sadness for the whole family and everybody in Fremont. This doesn't happen in Fremont...it's just sad, and we're doing the best that we can, that's all of our effort today,” Wiersma said.

A conglomeration of police agencies responded to the Last Call Bar following the shooting, including officers with Ohio BCI, Fremont police, Sandusky County Sheriff's Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Gibsonburg and Woodville police, Wiersma said.

Officials are urging the public to call Fremont police with information at 419-332-6464.

Reporter Andy Ouriel contributed to this story

Comments

ladydye_5

So who is the guy in the mug shot? The shooter? The accomplice?

Matt Westerhold

The person in the mug shot is Hugo Ibarra, 37. He was charged with misdemeanor obstruction after he refused to answer investigators' questions. He allegedly was with a man who opened fire and killed three people Sunday morning. There's more detail in the story. 

Babo

Why was he not charged with felony obstruction of justice? He was with a man who killed three people and he knows the shooter's identity. He is assisting the shooter avoid apprehension.

JMOP

He's pleaing the fith I would guess. That way when it goes to court he doesn't incriminate himself, and they may offer him a plea deal for a confession.

Babo

Yes, he's protected from having to incriminate himself and doesn't have to talk. My point is why was the initial charge only misdemeanor obstruction of justice when the investigation of crimes he is alleged to have obstructed are murder? Had he been charged with a felony he would be held over the weekend and would not have bail.

Maybe the police think he may lead them to the shooter.

JMOP

Good point

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local man

you should put a name with the pic, I agree with ladydye comment, thought he was the shooter

Matt Westerhold

If you click on the photo, the name and information is there already. 

ladydye_5

98% of the photos on this website do NOT have information printed under them. I just went and clicked on about 15 pictures randomly, NONE of them had anything under them. The only pictures with information under them are the 3 here with THIS article. Who would have thought to click on them to find the info??? Guess from now on I will.

Matt Westerhold

The other photos seem to speak for themselves. In this instance, the mug shots seemed to require an explanation. You are right though, the technology does not make it obvious you should click on the photo for more information. We might have mistakenly assumed readers would know that. As we improve the programming systems later this year, hopefully that issue can be addressed. Thanks for your comment. 

Abacus

I never cease to be amazed at the "legal expertise" of SR readers! They seem to feel they are entitled to every element of every case of every incident the exact moment it is being reported and then have the legal approach all figured out. I'm sorry, you got your degree from where? Yes, sometimes further details are needed but let's give the authorities a bit of time to figure it out before we nail them to the wall, OK? (Oh, please get more tech savvy as far as normal computer processes are concerned. Good grief! You jump on stuff before anyone has a chance to breathe!)

JMOP

We ARE entitled to our opinions.

Babo

As JMOP stated we are entitled to our opinions and some posters do have law enforcement or legal experience and degrees.

44846GWP

ladydye-5: READ the story and you would figure out who it was!

ladydye_5

I did read the story. It does NOT tell you who it is. There are numerous people discussed in the story. You can ASSUME who it is.

Simple Enough II

So possibly someone talked "stuff" about someone else.........really, that's all it takes? Or was it getting jumped by 3 guys after you slap a female?

BabyMomma

That's my feelings as well. He had NO RIGHT to shoot at all! But 3 guys jumping 1 guy no matter what instigated it is unreasonable. Especially one being a police officer. They assault him, he gets thrown out of bar, no cops are called, they get to stay because the bartender was their cousin, and he retaliated. Hindsight is always 20/20...... But the police should have been called after he slapped the woman. Then they should have been called after they jumped him. This would have been avoided if the bartender or off-duty cop had done the right thing in the beginning. I feel for all the victims and their families, this should have never happened as it is tragic beyond words. I hope they find him soon and there is a speedy trial and he gets life/death. RIP

Jmschmidt812

Ok sorry read that wrong. The shooter slapped the woman, and was jumped when her cousins came to her rescue. The family has posted on fb that the shooters name is Roger Mista.

BabyMomma

Why did he shoot then?

Jmschmidt812

Don't know. Only he knows that.

BabyMomma

That's what I was saying. The headline reads. "Killer slapped woman before opening fire" I spent most of the day in Fretroit talking with friends and family.....nobody honestly knows exactly what transpired. The common talk, was that puppet slapped one of the victims wife. They beat his a$$, he retaliated.

bdid.d519

What a man! Slapping a woman? Hope they catch this dude Roger Mista! ! Facebook definitely tells the story... put this accomplice in solitary, bet he will sing!

BabyMomma

I bet they're watching his accomplice to see if he leads them back to killer. A real "gangsta" would never snitch, I don't know anything about the accomplice, just can only assume since he was being uncooperative they released him to follow him.

Simple Enough II

He might go by Roger, but it is Igmidio or something like that. Wtf was he shooting that like only 4 shots killed 3 and wounded only 1? Heck when it heats up in Sandusky , they spray bullets around and maybe hit someone in the foot.

Darwin's choice

Good luck and wishing you a speedy recovery Juni.....!

nobodycares

Sounds like the feds could deport the whole bar. Sorry a good cop had to die

BabyMomma

They're legal Mexicans. The Mexicans you're referring to are only here May-Oct

lmalley77

See, that's the problem with society these days!!! Just because you hear or see someone's name who is of a certain ethnicity, you automatically assume that they are in the U.S. illegally!!! You know what they say about people who "ASSume" right!?!?! Get a freakin life already! !!

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