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Struthers man charged with terrorizing wife, kidnapping infant, hurling dog

Published: Wed, October 2, 2013 @ 12:07 a.m.




Police say a Struthers man faces felony and misdemeanor charges after a domestic dispute Saturday led to his threatening his wife at gunpoint, then shooting inside their Parkway Street home.

The episode unfolded not far from where their infant daughter was sleeping.

About 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Brian Myers, 26, grew angry during an argument with his wife over “money issues,” specifically the incorrect filing of a tax form, said Detective Jeff Lewis of the Struthers Police Department.

In the midst of the argument, Myers is accused of picking up the couple’s small dog and throwing it across the room. Myers’ wife got upset and yelled at him about the dog, and he responded by retrieving a shotgun and a rifle from another room, Lewis said. Myers then made his wife kneel on the floor and struck her several times with the gun — even threatening to kill her and telling her that she would be dead before anyone could help her.

He also fired several shots from the rifle near his wife’s head. “Directly behind where he was shooting, their 10-month-old infant was sleeping in a crib,” Lewis said. “Thank God no one was hit.”

Lewis added that Myers “seemed to come to his senses for a second” afterward, and told his wife to check on the other dogs downstairs. She then fled to her parents’ home down the street, where she was able to call police.

Police arrived at the Parkway Street residence shortly afterward, but found that Myers had left with the couple’s infant daughter — for whom an Amber Alert was issued.

Both Myers and the child, who was unharmed, were later found at Myers’ parents’ home in Boardman, and Myers was arrested.

Myers is charged with domestic violence, child endangering, cruelty to animals, kidnapping, felonious assault and improper discharge of a firearm.

He will remain in the Mahoning County jail until his preliminary hearing scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday at Struthers Municipal Court.


1steelwagon(284 comments)posted 10 months ago

No plea bargian,no early release....
This idiot belongs in a cage for a long long time.
Thankfully no one was killed by this fool's temper tantrum.

And once again a gutless man child runs home to mommy

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2southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 10 months ago

A real menace to society....anger control issues

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3bmanresident(597 comments)posted 10 months ago

Wow what an idiot. Now his money problems are all over. Moron.

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4excel(279 comments)posted 10 months ago

Neither this man nor many others have any need for a gun.


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5papa1(641 comments)posted 10 months ago

every woman should get a concealed carry permit. she could have gotten her gun and shot this miscreant.

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6coolnumbers(63 comments)posted 10 months ago

Whack job for sure....

excel: let's take all the cars off the streets too because people drive drunk. Let's try to get rid of booze again. Worked well the 1st time.

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7JS(584 comments)posted 10 months ago

If Brian Myers would have ingested more booze and or drugs he could have quietly passed out and all would have been well. This case is all about not enough dosage.

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