NEWARK — An investigator that would “never let up” and a series of contacts that ultimately started a chain reaction lead to the arrest of a man who allegedly shot a man after he answered the door more than a year ago.
Camron P. Douglas, 20, of 281 County Road 28, Farmington, was arrested Jan. 21 by Newark police and charged with assault for the shooting of Larry R. Walrad on Oct. 12, 2012. The arrest stems from a 14-month joint investigation led by Newark Inv. Jay Warren that also included New York State Police, the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Wayne County Probation Department.
Renting the home at 608 Silver Hill Road, Walrad, 42, answered the back door of the home, which was unlit, between 4 and 5 a.m. on Oct. 12. When he opened the door, Walrad told police he saw a young man brandishing a long gun and at least one other person standing behind the gunman. According to police reports, Walrad slammed the door and turned to run, but a shot pierced the door and struck him in the buttocks. The bullet exited through Walrad abdomen.
When help arrived on scene, emergency personnel from Newark Arcadia Volunteer Ambulance said Walrad was bleeding heavily. They acted quickly to stem the bleeding and rushed him to a landing zone where Mercy Flight was waiting to airlift him to Strong Memorial Hospital.
At that time, police believed Walrad had been targeted. Police Chief David Christler said their investigation revealed three men had come to Walrad’s home to rob him. Walrad had been shot by a .12 gage shotgun and the slug had put a 1-inch hole through his body. What’s more, Christler said they also have the gun used in the shooting.
“Mr. Walrad is very lucky to be alive,” Christler said.
The chief said his investigator never stopped looking for the man who shot Walrad. Warren interviewed several of his contacts to garner information he hoped would lead him to a culprit. Those contacts eventually led him Ontario County, where sheriff’s deputies said they had someone who had information about the case. Christler said from there it started a chain reaction that brought them to Douglas.
A second arrest could come any day, the chief said.
Walrad has since recovered from his injury, Christler said, but suffers from pain and a partial disability he will have for the rest of his life.
Douglas was arraigned before Newark Village Justice Michael Miller and sent to the Wayne County Jail on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bail bond. Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy will be presenting the case to a grand jury in the coming weeks where additional charges may be pending.
Police said Douglas does have a criminal record, but could not be any more specific at this time.
Page 2 of 2 - This incident was the first shooting in Newark in at least six years, and Christler credits his investigator with successfully closing the case.
“This particular crime has been at the top of our list for 14 months,” Christler said, “because it was very scary to know that someone would commit this kind of crime in this community.”