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Veterinarian fatally shoots himself during meeting with drug task force

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    Coroners officials remove a body from the offices Wednesday afternoon.

    Bruce Bishop/Chronicle

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SHEFFIELD TWP — A local veterinarian killed himself today by a gunshot wound to the head during an investigation at his practice by the Lorain County Drug Task Force and the Cleveland Office of the DEA Diversion Office.

Authorities said they used a Taser twice on Dr. Craig Talbott, 66, of the Lorain County Animal Emergency Center in an attempt to get him to put down the gun, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Capt. Don Barker said authorities went to the center at 5125 Grove Avenue at 8 a.m. and met with Talbott, who agreed to cooperate in the investigation. Talbott led investigators into an office where he said records were kept but once inside he grabbed a handgun and threatened to kill himself, Barker said.

Authorities with the Drug Task Force tried to convince Talbott to put down the gun but when he refused deputies twice deployed a Taser to no effect, Barker said. Talbott then fired the gun, taking his own life.

Emergency crews responded to the scene and pronounced Talbott dead, Barker said.

The Lorain County Drug Task Force is continuing to investigate the search warrant and the Lorain Police will handle the death investigation.

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com
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