Bloomfield principal disarms student’s brother with gun

Nathaniel Baise, charged with aggravated menacing
Nathaniel Baise

MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – A Bloomfield Mespo Elementary School principal had a scary moment on Friday afternoon when police say a home visit turned violent.

“He’s on the ground, and I have my handgun pointed at him,” the principal, Russell McQuaide, said in a 9-1-1 call.

According to a police report, Trumbull County Dispatch received the call just after 9 a.m. Wednesday.

McQuaide told the dispatcher that he went to a home to get a child who had not been showing up to school. Police say the student’s 18-year-old brother then pulled what looked like rifle on him.

McQuaide, who was carrying a licensed and concealed weapon, held the teen on the ground by gunpoint until police arrived.

Officers arrived at the Middlefield home and arrested the teen, identified as 18-year-old Nathaniel Baise. The weapon he reportedly pointed at McQuaide was found to be a BB gun, according to the report.

Police spoke with the boy’s mother, who said her youngest son was upset that McQuaide brought up his father who passed away, and Nathaniel then began yelling at McQuaide.

McQuaide told police he could not distinguish the weapon as a toy, saying that he was in fear for his life and thought he would be shot by Baise.

Baise was charged with aggravated menacing and taken to Trumbull County Jail.

WKBN attempted to contact the family involved, but no one was home on Friday afternoon.

Baise pleaded not guilty to the charge in Newton Falls Municipal Court on Thursday.

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