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MATT SUMAN, Morning Journal Writer
ELYRIA — The Elyria man who police say shot his wife and took his own life Tuesday had in past months been taking medication for depression and a prescription mood stabilizer, according to a police report.
On Tuesday afternoon, police found James H. Nolan, 48, 360 Harwood St., in the driveway of his ex-wife’s home at 616 Cambridge Ave., Elyria, with a self-inflicted gunshot to his head. Lynn M. Nolan was listed in fair condition at MetroHealth Medical Center yesterday from several gunshots her ex-husband fired at her.
James Nolan shot his ex-wife in her second floor bedroom, Elyria Police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub said. He had asked his two teenaged daughters for a ride and they stopped at his ex-wife’s home, police said. It’s unclear why Nolan asked his daughters to bring him to their mother’s home, said Eichenlaub.
Lynn Nolan’s family declined comment yesterday.
Lynn Nolan filed for divorce in November 2007 and it was granted in Lorain County Common Pleas Court earlier this month, according to court records.
She told police on Oct. 25, 2007, that James Nolan was taking Lexapro for depression and another mood stabilizer, a police report said. Lorain County Coroner Dr. Paul Matus said he did not have any information to suggest that any medication James Nolan might have been taking could have contributed to Tuesday’s shooting.
Mike White, James Nolan’s good friend and next-door neighbor said his friend was struggling to deal with the divorce. On Monday, White talked to James Nolan and told him to move on with his life, he said.
”He did not want to get divorced,” White said.
The divorce filing came days after the Oct. 25 incident when Elyria police charged James Nolan with domestic violence and unlawful restraint. According to the report, James Nolan told police he and Lynn Nolan were arguing and she told him she was going to leave.
He grabbed her by her shirt sleeve and told her not to leave, but to stay and talk with him about their problems, the report said. James Nolan eventually let go of her sleeve and she left the home, the report said. Nolan’s charges of domestic violence and unlawful restraint were dismissed in Elyria Municipal Court because the complainant did not show up for a hearing, according to court records.
On Oct. 16, 2007, Lynn Nolan called police and said she was in the driveway with her suicidal husband who was intoxicated and then hung up the phone, a report said. After police arrived, James Nolan did not mention to police he would harm himself or anyone else, the report said.
The past problems between the Nolans do not make Tuesday’s incident a complete surprise, Mike White said.
”I think this was a long time coming,” he said.
Mike and Jayne White said they took care of the Nolan’s dogs, Rico, a Chinese crested, and Diesel, a shih tzu, since the incident.
”(The family) asked us if we would (take care of) them,” said Jayne White.
Both daughters lived with their mother, but also visited their father, Jayne White said. The Whites said they are hoping Lynn Nolan will recover from the tragic incident.
”She’s still alive,” Jayne White said. ”She just needs time and she’ll pull through.”
©The Morning Journal 2008