HANOVERTON, Ohio (WKBN) – A 19-year-old woman is alive after being shot in the head during a domestic dispute in Hanoverton on Tuesday.
Columbiana County Sheriff Ray Stone said the incident is an attempted murder-suicide. The suspect, 49-year-old Brian King, shot and killed himself.
Stone said he thinks it was the result of a bad break-up.
The victim, Kali Weals, called 911 just before noon from a residence on Campbell Road.
She told dispatch she went to the residence to pick up her personal belongings She already had the car packed with clothes, food and even Halloween pumpkins, but wanted a few more items.
Weals said King would not let her inside. She also told dispatch that he had multiple weapons in the house.
The 911 operator encouraged her to leave immediately, but the phone went dead.
Police say King shot Weals in the skull with a .12 gauge shotgun while she was sitting in her SUV, before turning the gun on himself.
The 911 dispatcher was able to get back in touch with her about five minutes after the first call ended. Weals told the dispatcher, “He shot me and he shot himself, and he’s dead and I’m covered in blood.”
When officers arrived, they said they found Weals sitting in the grass with a gunshot wound to the head. She had been sitting there for almost 20 minutes before police arrived.
King’s body was lying next to the SUV with the gun at his side.
King was still legally married to someone else, but had been living with Weals for some time, according to Stone. Weals told officers and the 911 dispatcher that King was her boyfriend.
Neighbors said they weren’t home at the time or didn’t hear anything; it is a very sparsely-populated area. They did see the helicopter that took Weals to the hospital.
Sheriff’s department investigators said they talked to her Wednesday, but will not make any of that conversation public.