Local man arrested after firing gun at party

Deputies seize semi-automatic handgun, jail suspect
Aaron Krause
Jan 14, 2013


An area man was arrested Sunday for allegedly having a weapon while under the influence of alcohol.

The incident is in connection with a dispute during which the suspect reportedly shot the weapon into the air during a party with about 10 other people in attendance.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call from a female who stated a fight was about to start at a Wakeman address. She further stated the subject had shot a gun into the air.

When a deputy arrived at the West River Road home, the suspect had already left in a vehicle.

Two other deputies were able to locate the car at another residence on Hartland Center Road.

The suspect, Jonathan W. Edler, 22, of 1424 Hartland Center Road, Collins, "was found to have a semi auto handgun in his possession," according to a police report. "After speaking with him it was also determined that he had been consuming alcohol as well."

The gun was a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun, Major Greg Englund said.

Edler's alcohol-blood content tested at .126 percent. The legal limit for intoxication in Ohio is .08 percent.

Edler was taken to the Huron County Jail. He is being charged with having a weapon while under the influence of alcohol, a first-degree misdemeanor, and inducing panic. Authorities are forwarding the case to the law director for a review of other possible charges.

Edler was released from jail after posting a $5,000 bond.

According to deputies, Edler is a registered conceal carry permit holder through the Richland County Sheriff's Office. His permit is suspended pending the outcome of this case.


Whiskey Tango F...

make an example out of him. Responsible gun owners handle and respect all firearms. This clown and his bad decisions deserves to forefit his rights to own and handle a firearm.




oohh, a semi-automatic handgun. that's "sensational"


Yes..I agree make an example out of him...he was a fool to fire the gun. He could have hurt someone a long distance away and never realized it. HOWEVER...I'm concerned about the charges."Having a weapon under the influence of alcohol" Is there a law against that? I know it is against the law to be drinking in a "Bar or Restraunt with alcohol"...but to have a weapon under the influence?...Not sure about that. If this were true, about 95% of the deer hunters would have posted bond this year, or last year for that matter. Deer hunters and beer should be no different..and PLEASE don't say beer and hunting is any safer... Someone please fill me in here..


Yes it is illegal to handle a firearm while drinking and as a ccw holder he knows that.


brutalyhonest- ever deer hunt? I have NEVER hunted with a hunter that was drinking. We would go after the hunt and drink but your 95% comment is way off. If you have the stats to back that comment up lets see it. If not you need to keep the hunters and people that respect guns and gun ownership out of your bullsh@t comments. Because obviously you have NO clue as to what your talking about. Just feel like making yourself look important.


Id10T, what goes up must come down, who knows how many miles away the bullet landed. We had a neighbor who used to shoot out her back door, and aim right at route 20 Collins a mile away, no one ever caught her. And some trucks were hit, and one person was injured by her while she was drunk and shooting! Oh 1980's it was back when someone else was Sheriff! Please this Id10T should have to give up his guns for life!


Pardon but are you former military? I haven't seen id10T in a long time. Made me think about sending the privates to the gunny looking for their id10tango cards. Lol, ahhhhhhhhh those were the days.

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This is where idiots make gun issues look bad. Why would anybody take a gun to a party? Especially a 22 year old. You know you are going to drink. You know you are dumb and will get out of control. Are you not with friends...why the gun? It was to show off, not for safety or protection. This punk should never be allowed to handle a weapon again after that stunt. As a matter of fact they should put him in a five acre lot, blind fold him, and let someone start shooting willy nilly into the area around him for a few minutes and see how it feels dodging bullets. This guy is a jackass.


2923.15 Using weapons while intoxicated.

(A) No person, while under the influence of alcohol or any drug of abuse, shall carry or use any firearm or dangerous ordnance.

(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of using weapons while intoxicated, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Effective Date: 01-01-1974

**yes it is ILLEGAL to use or even carry a firearm while intoxicated. and yes the deer hunters should be arrested too**

Brock Lee

they will ban partys next


Thank you Ladydye for the insight...


Mostwanted....youre 100% right...the guy should never be allowed to own a gun again. And there should be no question whether or not his CCW should be revoked.




As BB would say: "What a Maroon" . :)


John John John, you better be more afraid of your Dad than what the courts are going to do with you!!


This is what happens when dumbasses fire guns into the air:



I know this guy and i know he knows this wasent the smartest of things to do , but i dont think its anyone right to be hurtful or mean . Granted you can have a opinion but sometimes it goes a little far. Would you want someone following you around to humilate you when you make a mistake? I know i wouldent..Maybe before you pass judgment you take a step back becaue there is always two sides to the story..Unless your perfect dont cast stones..


Really??? Imagine if that bullet came through the windshield of your car while driving, causing an accident that killed someone. As a ccw holder, he's expected to be even more responsible than the average Joe with a firearm. Don't give him a pitty party.. give him an a$$ whippin for being so ignorant.

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JennP2381, you don't think it's anyones right to pass judgement on little Johnny boy? LMAO! Was it his "right" to shoot a gun off at a party with innocent people standing around? Was he defending himself, his or your life in danger? Don't think so. Thank you for your "opinion" on this matter but it means about zero when you are defending an idiot. He is being "humiliated" by his own doing. And for you to even try to defend his actions is ridiculous. So before you "pass judgement" on our comments, maybe you should think about what and who you are defending?


Whatever i think you just want to flat out argue. I dident condone his action i just was simply saying what good does it do to make fun of someone.


As someone at the party, yes it was irresponsible, but to clear somethings up because the paper didn't go into detail. He went outside by himself no one was in his presence or watching him for that matter. So all the comments about shooting into the air are irrelevant because no one but Jonathan knows where he was pointing the gun. The sheriff told someone else that was at the party that Jon said he shot into the ground. Either way good thing your all giving your two cents if everyone was as judgmental he would have enough to pay court costs.....