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Police say comments about roommate's dad preceded gunfire


ELYRIA — Police said Friday that an Elyria man’s roommate fired a shot at him after he reminded the other man that his father had died.

Jeffrey Wise, 36, of Elyria, was charged with felonious assault, using weapons while intoxicated and discharging firearms in city limits at his house at 136 Monticello Circle about 10:45 p.m. Thursday.

Wise was arrested after he got into an argument with his roommate, David Hale, over where Hale would be living. According to a police report, Wise and Hale started arguing after Wise learned that Hale was trying to convince their third roommate to move out of the apartment with him.

Hale told police that Wise confronted him Thursday evening and made a comment about Hale moving in with his dad. Hale responded, telling Wise, “You are just mad because my dad is still alive,” according to the report.

It was the comment about Wise’s dead father that set the 36-year-old off, Hale told police. Wise jumped on top of Hale and began beating him before running upstairs to “get his gun,” according to the report.

Hale ran out of the house through the garage, followed by Wise, who fired one shot at him from a .357 Magnum revolver and missed, according to the report.

Hale ran to a neighbor’s house and called police, telling them that Wise was drunk and “crazy.”

Police responded to the scene around 10 p.m. and officers set up around the house. After they called for him, Wise walked out with his hands up and police went inside to search the house.

Inside they found a Taurus .357 Magnum revolver, a black holster and a box of ammunition. They also found an open bottle of whiskey and beer cans on the kitchen table, according to the report.

Wise was being held at Lorain County Jail on a $210,000 bond until his court date at 1 p.m. Monday in Elyria Municipal Court.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

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