An arrest was made last night after the latest in a series of five attacks at Toledo, Ohio firehouses since Wednesday. Arrested is the son of Chief Mike Wolever. Chief Wolever retired on July 1 of this year.
Kevin Wolever is a civilian fire inspector for Toledo who went on administrative leave earlier in the week. Wolever was arrested after a bullet was fired into Station 6 last night. The bullet ricocheted and struck a firefighter in the chin.
Shot were fired outside Station 6 and Station 9 on Wednesday. An incendiary device was discovered burning at Station 18 on Thursday. On Friday, damage from a bullet was noticed on the door of a fire truck at Station 18.
As you will hear in the press conference, Kevin Wolever was identified early on as a suspect and had been under surveillance by police.
Kevin P. Wolever 32, the son of former Toledo Fire Chief Mike Wolever, has been arrested and booked in connection with the recent series of incidents against fire stations in Toledo.
Wolever a Toledo fire inspector, is charged with felonious assault and improperly handling a firearm and one count of shooting into a habitation. Saturday night Wolever fired a shot at the exterior fire station 6 on Star Avenue in east Toledo. The bullet hit a fireman in the chin, he was not severely injured.
Wolever was arrested soon after the incident Saturday night near fire station 6. At the time of his arrest he was wearing a ballistic vest and had a nine-millimeter gun in his possession, with two full clips and one shell missing. Police recovered a nine-millimeter shell and casing at the scene.
According to Fire Chief Santiago, Kevin Wolever went on paid administrative leave earlier this week for an undisclosed reason. He says that Wolever was having "issues" but did not go into any further detail.
Wolever is charged with felonious assault and improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation. Wolever is set to be arraigned Monday at 9:00am in Toledo Municipal Court.
From the AP:
The son of a former Toledo fire chief has been arrested in connection with a string of attacks at city fire stations.
The Blade (http://bit.ly/r8bdcb ) newspaper reports that Kevin P. Wolever was taken into custody Saturday night. In a Sunday morning news conference, authorities had announced that he is expected to be charged with felonious assault and shooting into a habitat.
Wolever, a city fire inspector, is the son of former Toledo Fire Chief Mike Wolever, who retired July 1. A phone number listed for the former chief had been disconnected as of Sunday afternoon.
Toledo firehouses had been attacked five times this week, including gunshots outside of 2 stations and a burning package found outside of a third. Officials did not give a motive for the attacks.