Struthers man charged with terrorizing wife, kidnapping infant, hurling dog
By EMMALEE C. TORISK
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.