In an Ohio bar shooting this weekend, an off-duty police officer who was celebrating his birthday, was shot and killed, along with a bartender and a customer.
The argument allegedly started when the shooter punched the off-duty officer’s wife in the face. The gunman was identified as 33-year-old Igmidio Mista. He was arrested on Monday morning at this home in Fremont and taken into custody.
Mista is being held without bond following a court session on Monday because he is said to a “flight risk” by City Prosecutor Jim Melle. Melle noted that Mista has used relatives to evade capture in the past, and is not, in fact, a U.S citizen.
The three men killed in the Ohio bar shooting have been named as 26-year-old Jose Andy Chaves ( the police officer), 28-year-old bartender Ramiro Sanchez, and a 25-year-old customer, Daniel Ramirez.
Ramiro Arreola, a fourth man involved in the shooting was also taken to hospital, but his injuries are thought not to be life-threatening. The injured man spoke to reporters about the Ohio bar shooting: “A little scuffle broke out, he felt he needed to pull a gun out. Just started shooting everybody, innocent bystanders.”
The slain officer’s uncle Manuel Chavez told reporters that shooting took place after the suspect approached the officer’s wife and began arguing with her. Following that argument, the woman was punched in the face and then the shooting started.
The slain officer had been with the Elmore Police Department for more than two years and was considered an “exemplary” officer, according to Sgt. Jeffrey Harrison who knew him personally.
What led Mista to punch the officer’s wife in the face, and then fetch a gun and shoot people at random? The answer to those questions must await the trial.