Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Shoots Stepson

The Morning Journal reports that

LORAIN — The man accused of shooting his stepson Monday afternoon is a high ranking official with the U.S. Coast Guard, according to Coast Guard and police officials.

Donald Lajavic, 50, of Mallard Creek Run, walked to his neighbor’s house — Lorain police officer Mark Tomlin — claiming he was attacked by his stepson and shot him, according to a Lorain police report. His stepson, Patrick Delisle, 35, was seen lying in the front yard with a gunshot wound to his right leg, the report said.

Lajavic pleaded not guilty to a felonious assault charge during his arraignment in Lorain Municipal Court yesterday. He will have a preliminary hearing before Judge Thomas Elwell on Aug. 27.

Lajavic, a lieutenant commander with District 9 of the U.S. Coast Guard, is the assistant chief of the Inspections and Investigations Branch in the Prevention Department of the U.S. Coast Guard, according to a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman. He has been with District 9 for three years, but has a lifelong career in the Coast Guard.

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