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STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) — A Struthers man has been charged with felonious assault and other charges after holding his wife at gunpoint and shooting a rifle inside a home where their 10-month-old daughter was sleeping.
According to police reports, Brian Myers, 26, of Struthers, became enraged Saturday around 1:30 a.m. over an “improper tax filing.” He argued with his wife at their Parkway Street home and allegedly threw the family’s pet dog across the room. When his wife confronted him about the dog, Myers went to another room and retrieved a shotgun and a .22 caliber rifle.
Myers then allegedly held his wife at gunpoint and made her kneel on the floor. He struck her several times with the gun and threatened to kill her, according to the report. Myers then allegedly asked his wife “are you ready to die?” and that she would be dead before anyone could help her.
Myers fired several shots from the rifle into the floor. He then kicked the door of a bedroom where the couple’s 10-month-old daughter was sleeping and the baby began to cry. Myers allegedly told his wife he was going to throw the baby down the stairs
Myers’ wife made it out of the house and ran down the street to her parent’s home where she was able to call police.
Officers with the Struthers police department converged on the Parkway Street house and discovered Myers had left with the baby.
An Amber Alert was issued for the child through the Ohio State Patrol.
Myers and the child were both located a short time later at Myers’ parents’ home in Boardman where he was arrested. The baby was turned over unharmed to her mother.
Struthers Police Det. Jeff Lewis said Myers has no previous criminal record and he confessed to most of the incident.
Myers was charged with felonious assault, domestic violence, child endangerment and cruelty to animals. He remains in the Mahoning County Jail on $65,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 7.