One man is dead after gunshots were fired inside a home Wednesday afternoon in the Village of McDonald. The victim’s fatal gunshot wound was self-inflicted, but it was the quick response of McDonald Police and family members inside the home that kept the domestic dispute from becoming more deadly.
“We got a call shortly after 3 p.m. of shots fired at a home on Indiana Avenue. Officers arrived quickly on scene,” said McDonald Police Chief Lou Ronghi.
Officers knocked on the door at 912 Indiana Ave., but they were not let in, so they forced their way inside.
“They were confronted by a gentleman up in the stairway there, had a weapon, officers told him to put the weapon down. The individual took his own life,” Ronghi said.
The victim has been identified as 46-year-old James Fedoruk.
The chief said Fedoruk might have been going through a divorce. His wife and son were inside the home at the time and called 911 after they said Fedoruk took some shots at them with his gun.
No one else was hurt, or hit by any of the bullets.
Neighbors didn’t hear much, and weren’t sure what was happening in their village.
“I drove down the street and came past that road, so then I looked down and I saw all the yellow tape and I thought ‘oh my goodness, maybe a water pipe burst or a gas leak,’ something like that. Never thinking anything like that,” said neighbor Teri Bosheff.
Crews loaded Fedoruk’s body into an ambulance as his wife and son were being interviewed at the police station.
Bosheff said she didn’t really know the family, but would see or hear them sometimes since they lived right behind her house.
“Everybody’s always outside. You just don’t really think and hear that those kinds of things happen. It’s scary and sad. It doesn’t just happen in Youngstown, or Warren. It can happen anywhere,” Bosheff said.
Ohio BCI, McDonald police and the Mahoning County Coroner’s office continue to investigate the death. Ronghi said he expects a full report to be released on Thursday.