Campbell man jailed in domestic assault

CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) — A Campbell man had to be threatened with a Taser several times during his arrest early Tuesday following a domestic assault in which he allegedly beat his live-in girlfriend with a handgun.

Michael J. Pippins, 28, of 327 Sanderson Ave., is at the Mahoning County Jail on $75,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing July 18 in Campbell Municipal Court, according to court records. He is charged with felonious assault, having weapons under disability and resisting arrest.

Police were called to the home about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday by a woman who said Pippins had struck her in the head multiple times with a gun and he was still inside the house with the gun and her children. When officers arrived, they saw a man walking from the east side of 224 Sanderson Ave. back toward 327 Sanderson Ave., according to a police report.

They approached the man, identified as Pippins, who had several lacerations on his right shoulder and left hand. Pippins started to walk away from officers and when they tried to handcuff him, he pulled away, the report states.

Officers told Pippins if he did not comply, he would be shocked with a Taser. Pippins complied, but he then would not walk toward the cruiser and refused to get in it until officers again threatened him with the Taser.

The woman, who has children with Pippins, told officers he pushed her into the corner wall of the living room and struck her multiple times in the head and face with a black handgun, the report states. Police said she had severe cuts and swelling on her head, face and forearm.

While photographing her injuries, officers found a black magazine containing more than a dozen .40-caliber bullets in the living room. The gun was found across the street where Pippins was first seen by responding officers, the report states.

The woman was taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Health Center because of her severe injuries.

Once at the Campbell police station, officers said Pippins refused to walk to the holding area and had to be forcefully escorted, the report states. An ambulance was called to check on his injuries and he was taken to the Mahoning County Jail, but the jail would not accept him until he was medically cleared by the hospital.

Officers tried taking him to St. Elizabeth’s, but they would not accept him because the victim was being treated there, the report states. He was medically cleared by staff at Northside Medical Center and booked into the jail.

Officers noted in their report that Pippins had been drinking.

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