FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — An off-duty police officer celebrating his birthday and two other men were shot and killed at a northern Ohio nightclub over the weekend after an argument erupted when the shooter punched the officer's wife, relatives said.
Police arrested 33-year-old Igmidio Mista of Fremont on Monday morning and charged him with opening fire inside the Last Call Bar early Sunday.
A warrant issued just hours before the arrest charged Mista with three counts of murder.
Officers found Mista at a home in Fremont, police said. He came to the door after a relative had met the officers, and he was taken into custody without incident, police Chief Tim Wiersma said.
A judge on Monday ordered that Mista be held without bond. City Prosecutor Jim Melle called Mista a flight risk, saying he has used relatives to evade authorities in the past and he is not a U.S. citizen. A message seeking comment was left with his attorney.
Killed in the shooting were 26-year-old Elmore police Officer Jose Andy Chavez, 28-year-old bartender Ramiro Sanchez, and a 25-year-old customer, Daniel Ramirez. A fourth man shot at the bar, 25-year-old Ramiro Arreola, was taken a hospital with injuries believed to be non-life-threatening.
"A little scuffle broke out, he felt he needed to pull a gun out," Arreola told The (Fremont) News-Messenger. "Just started shooting everybody, innocent bystanders."
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