Father Shoots Man to Protect Daughter

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A 68-year-old father is facing felony charges for shooting his daughter’s boyfriend, who was repeatedly beating the woman after a night of drinking.

James G. Marino, of 208 E. Auberndale Ave., told police he warned the man to stop attacking his daughter and fired a shot from his revolver at Cyrus Hawthorne III, 30, because he was trying to protect her.

“He wouldn’t stop beating on my daughter so I pulled out my gun and told him to stop,” Marnio told police, according to police reports. “He kept hitting her so I fired one time. I didn’t know if I hit him or not. I was trying to protect by daughter.”

Authorities arrested Marino on felonious assault charges and he was booked into the Mahoning County Jail shortly after the shooting at about 6:15 a.m. in the 200 block of E. Auberndale.

Reports indicate Hawthorne will be charged with two counts of domestic violence when he is released from St. Elizabeth Health Center, where he was taken after he was shot in chest.

Reports Marino’s daughter told police Hawthorne returned at about 2 a.m. Thursday from a night of drinking. Four hours later, she said, Hawthorne began fighting with family members. He then went outside and punched the 39-year-old woman and pulled her hair.

The woman’s 16-year-old daughter, reports said, approached Hawthorne with a kitchen knife. Hawthorne then punched her in the head, knocking her to the ground and resumed beating the woman, reports said.

Marino then cut himself picking up the knife. Witnesses said he told Hawthorne to stop hitting his daughter, then fired one shot that struck Hawthorne in the chest.

Hawthorne fell in the devil strip, where police found him.

Officers found the handgun at a neighbor’s home with four live rounds and one spent bullet.

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