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Man who killed himself at Peninsula golf course identified by medical examiner

September 3, 2018

Man who killed himself at Peninsula golf course identified by medical examiner

PENINSULA, Ohio — The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man who killed himself last week with a police officer’s gun following a fight with the officer at a Peninsula golf course, authorities said.

Ryan Yesberger, 24, of Naples, Florida, died from a single gunshot to the head last week at the Brandywine County Club in the 5000 block of Akron-Peninsula Road, the medical examiner’s office said. 

Yesberger’s place of residence was not immediately available.

Peninsula police were called about 5:15 a.m. on Wednesday to investigate a report of property damage at the the golf course. An officer spotted Yesberger on the property and the two got into a struggle, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office has reported. 

Yesberger hit the officer in the head and knocked him to the ground, the sheriff’s office said. The officer was semi-conscious on the ground when Yesberger took the officer’s gun from his holster, authorities said. 

A golf course employee witnessed the encounter and tried to the help the officer, but Yesberger ran away, officials said. 

A gunshot was heard a short time later, the sheriff’s office said. The officer radioed for help and set up caution tape. Yesberger was found dead at the golf course.

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