Grand jury indicts man accused of attacking 2 cops

Cary Ashby • Feb 6, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A man accused of attacking two Plymouth police officers was one 22 suspects recently indicted by a Huron County grand jury.

Daniel C. Loera Jr., 37, of 34 W. Broadway St., Plymouth, is charged with two counts of assault on a police officer in connection with a Nov. 20 incident. If convicted, he faces six to 12 months behind bars on each fourth-degree felony.

Someone fired shots during a suspected struggle to arrest Loera, according to witnesses and police.

T. Douglas Clifford, Huron County chief assistant public defender, said Monday the incident stems from an unspecified misdemeanor case and the main victim said he "didn't believe Mr. Loera understood what he was doing" at the time. As a result, Clifford said it's likely when the all the facts are presented, the case will be different than what it's alleged in the indictment.

Loera entered "not guilty" pleas to each of the felonies Monday. His trial date is Feb. 13. Loera said he has prior felony convictions for driving under the influence and receiving stolen property.

About 11 a.m. Nov. 20, the Plymouth Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance report at Loera's residence, which is right around the corner from the station. The suspect wasn't home when officers arrived.

"We received a second call and the caller said, 'He's back,'" Chief Charles Doan earlier told the Reflector.

Officers responded a second time and attempted to contain Loera in a white van. Reportedly, Loera wouldn't exit the van and when Detective Cameron Dailey attempted to assist the suspect from the vehicle, Loera charged at him and Officer Krystal Kessler, police said.

Loera had Kessler on the ground, was "beating her" and then attempted to flee, police said. Witnesses said this was when Dailey fired three or four shots at the suspect. The officers and Loera all were transferred from the scene to a local hospital. The officers' injuries were non-life threatening.

Loera was booked into the Huron County Jail when was released from the hospital. He must post a $15,000 bond before being released from custody.

Richard County Sheriff Steve Sheldon and his deputies plus Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard and his deputies assisted police.

Agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation processed the crime scene. The incident took place right across the street from the Plymouth branch of the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library.

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