Man kills self in corn field

PERKINS TOWNSHIP - A domestic dispute this morning ended with a man committing suicide and the female victim being hospitalized after being shot in the back of the head. The Perkins Township Police Department and Erie County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a two-vehicle accident and a nearly simultaneous report of a man with a handgun between 8:15 and 8:20 a.m. Milan Police Chief Jim Ward said the man began pursuing a woman in his vehicle in front of Kalahari Waterpark Resort, noting "that's where the shots were fired." The pursuit continued farther north up U.S. 250, where the man ran his truck into the woman's vehicle and went into a ditch, he said.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

PERKINS TOWNSHIP - A domestic dispute this morning ended with a man committing suicide and the female victim being hospitalized after being shot in the back of the head.

The Perkins Township Police Department and Erie County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a two-vehicle accident and a nearly simultaneous report of a man with a handgun between 8:15 and 8:20 a.m.

Milan Police Chief Jim Ward said the man began pursuing a woman in his vehicle in front of Kalahari Waterpark Resort, noting "that's where the shots were fired." The pursuit continued farther north up U.S. 250, where the man ran his truck into the woman's vehicle and went into a ditch, he said.

It's believed the man got out of his truck at some point and then shot the woman in the back of the head. She was transported to Firelands Regional Medical Center, where deputies said it appears she will survive.

"She evidently was shot and went to the Perkins Police Department. That's what I picked up from the radio," Ward said.

A deputy arrived just after the crash happened and the man had a .32 mm handgun in his hand. Authorities said the man put the gun to his head and threatened to commit suicide.

The deputy attempted to talk to the man as he backpedaled. He eventually went into a nearby corn field and shot himself, authorities said.

A Perkins dispatcher said relatives had not been notified as of press time, so police weren't releasing his name. Chief Tim McClung was unavailable for comment.

Ward said the man and were woman were involved in a Milan-area domestic dispute last week.

Editor's Note: Details were very sketchy yesterday morning as the story broke immediately before press time. To read a newer, updated story, click here.

Comments

Uh-Oh... (Anonymous)

wonder who it was...Kalahari workers???

Re: Uh-Oh: (Ano...

Are you serious? Just because it happened out by Kalahari it could be Kalahari employees...How about saying...hope the girl is going to be ok or wow what a horrible incident.

Re: Re: (Anonymous)

Oh calm down! I use to work there, and I've seen it all there, simply why I wondered that! GOD BLESS THEIR FAMILIES AND GIVE THEM THE STRENGTH TO GET THROUGH THIS...there, that better??? Why didn't YOU mention that as well????

To Reflector (A...

Curious. Why was there a picture of Kalahari on the front page? No file photo of the Comfort Inn or the Fireworks Store? What did Kalahari have to do with this story? Anything? Did any of the events that transpired occur on the property owned by Kalahari? Did they? What connection at all did Kalahari have with the event's that transpired yesterday morning?

Cary, some mino...

It is not believed that the man ever got out of his truck to shoot the victim. She was shot while stopped at a traffic light. The shooter pulled up beside her, and shot from his vehicle through her passenger side window at her. The victim was not shot in the back of the head. To add, the victim did not ellude the shooter, at a high rate of speed, through lots of traffic, after being "shot in the head." Thats kind of a neat story though. A medical marvel to boot! Cornfield? I saw a body and a hose down/clean up in a hotel parking lot. It wasn't Kalahari. Different crime scene? Nice job.

Kalahari? (Anon...

This happened at Kalahari? I work there. I didn't know. Crazy world. All the kids here. Scary.

anon (Anonymous)

There is no such thing as a .32mm handgun. This is most likely a typo. The weapon was most likely a .32 ACP also known as a .32 Auto (as in .32 inches) handgun.

Re:Cary (Anonymous)

It's the Reflector. We're lucky they got the day right. It looks like the girl will be OK which is great news. A sad event.

Jim Ward? (Anon...

Were the Milan Police invovlved in the pursuit? It just occurred to me that any information contained in this article came from a Jim Ward of the Milian Police Department. What involvement did Milan P.D. have? Did they pursue the vehicles to Kalahri? I feel like I'm missing something. Were any of the Milan Police vehicles involved in the crash?

Milan P.D. (Ano...

That would have left the 1/4 mile stip of 250 between Tennecco and the traffic light quite vulnerable Monday morning.

Wrong. (Anonymous)

I don't think the Milan Police were involved in the pursuit to Kalahari. It dosen't say that in the article.

re: wrong (Anon...

The article does say that the suspect was pusuing a women in Jim Wards vehicle.

Wrong (Anonymous)

He was not pursuing the woman in Jim Ward's vehicle,although the way it is written does infer that.

Confused (Anonymous)

Was she being transported by Milan Police? What was Chief Wards involvement? Why did Ward let her get into another car after shots were fired? Did he shoot at the suspect? Lots of unanswered questions here.

The radio (Anon...

A Milan police chief is giving information to a reporter that he recieved off of WLKR or WCPZ, and she is using it to print a breaking news story? Gives new meaning to " The Voice of the Firelands."

Kalahari too (A...

The Kalahari wasn't involved!! The incident happened on 250...the Kalahari is on 250. What about the Comfort Inn?? Its on 250 too...

USE YOUR BRAIN ...

When the police chief was referring to the radio I'm sure that he meant the police radio not WLKR or WCPZ. Seriously did you even think before you posted that statement?

Note to Editor:...

Yet you ran with the story anyway. Not just a story, or a by-line, but THE FEATURE story of the day. Top of the page, complete with a color photo of Kalahari. The story was full of second hand conjecture, and incorrect "facts". Your primary source material was an uninvoled (?) police chief from an uninvolved (?) police department, interpreting what he thought he may have heard on the radio. The story, as fashioned, is not excusable with your trite disclaimer above. Prior to leaving for lunch, and several meetings, I saw a series of discerning questions concerning the story as represented in your article. All were polite, intelligent, and quite reasonable. Where did they go?

Reflector Staff...

We apologize for the removal of the comments. Our system drops comments when a story is updated. However, many of the questions raised are answered by the follow-up stories.

Our System Drop...

Well isn't that convienent. Actually, I don't think your updated article addressed most of the questions raised. I think a re-cap may be in order. On a side note, you might want to consider "updating" a few other threads here.

The Reflector s...

...go through these SLAM SHEETS and take all the nasty demeaning comments made to peoples families, and start deleting them! ("— but please do so without an ounce of respect for your neighbors. Paleeeeeeze!

Milan Police (A...

Several of the deleted comments had to do with the Milan Police Department, as I recall. The inital front page story, as seen above, implies that the Milan P.D. was involved. Yet, we were never given specifics. Chief Jim Ward appears to give an account to this paper, as if he were involved. One can only assume he was, why else would this paper interview Jim Ward for details? As opposed to Perkins P.D., or the Erie Co. Sheriff?

Kalahari (Anonymous)

Other deleted comments had to do with Kalahari Waterpark Resort. The inital front page story, as seen above, shows a picture of Kalahari, and states thtat "shots were fired outside of" the resort. A few people who worked at Kalahari posted, wondering if it were guests, or, alarmed at the potential harm to children. The story most certainly implies that the shooting took place "at" Kalahari. This proved to be wrong. That is, unless you consider the stop light on U.S. 250 at the entrance to Kalahari, "at" Kalahari. I'm sure the resort and it's employee's appreciated the implication.

Pursuit... (Ano...

Other deleted comments had to do with the pursuit of the suspect and victim. Some asked if the Milan P.D. were involved? Did they pursue from Milan to Kalahari? The story implies some degree of involvement. Again, why is Chief Jim Ward giving information about a pursuit, and shooting that took place in Perkins? Were Milan P.D. vehicles involved? Were they involved at the time of the shooting? Did they shoot?

Woman in Wards ...

Text above states: "Milan Police Chief Jim Ward said the man began pursuing a woman in his vehicle..." If so, this certainly begs countless questions. I assume it was just a poorly worded sentence. Nonetheless, any questions regarding this statement are certainly reasonable.

Kalahari employ...

The Sandusky Registers story was quite different. And nothing took place at Kalahari. Nothing at all.

Reporter Cary A...

The Milan Police Department was not involved in the shooting investigation or the pursuit. The primary investigating agency was the Perkins Township Police Department. Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Paule assisted because he responded to the crash scene and was pursuing the shooter, who was speeding on U.S. 250 near Bogart Road.

Ward was quoted because he had information about the incident and I couldn't reach Perkins Township PD, other than the dispatcher. An officer who had knowledge of the shooting right after it happened didn't want to be quoted because of jurisdiction-related issues. I made three attempts within a short time period to interview Chief Tim McClung to get his feedback, but he didn't return any of my calls.

Early reports indicated the shooting happened at or near Kalahari. We went with the information we had at the time and attempted to clarify the location and circumstances the best we could in subsequent stories.

Chris (Anonymous)

The actual events did not involve Kalahari in any way and it seems incredulous that you still have a picture of Kalahari attached to this story. Maybe Cary should go and take a picture of the Fireworks store which is where most of this took place. Making a statement that you made three attempts to get information firsthand is no excuse for using bad information. The Reflector should run a front page retraction of this story and then reflect on why Perkins Township doesn't want to immediately speak to them. Maybe it's because they send the first bit of information they receive to the front page, without waiting for all of the information to come in.

ged (Anonymous)

I heard the story alittle differently .... i heard that the poor guy was in front of Kalahari, and had his gun with him , and while he was driving by , he was able to see inside the windows and saw the wild animals inside there , and felt that his life was in danger so he pulled out his weapon and fired , the poor woman in front of him was just that , and then he had to choose whether he wanted to be mauled by wild , ferocous animals , in a slow agonizing death , or wether he wanted to end it quickly and take his own life , and we all know which exit he chose

Hey Kalahari Em...

How ya doin?? You guys miss me??

Pages