NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A 74-year-old man jailed Friday night after reportedly fatally shooting his wife claimed in a call to police he fired after she came at him with a knife.
The 911 call, released Saturday by North Ridgeville police, was made at 6:46 p.m. Friday by a man, later identified by authorities as Ronald Svec, who stated he had just shot his wife. When police arrived at 5915 Jaycox Road, they found Gloria Svec, 69, lying unresponsive in the kitchen with multiple gunshot wounds.
The husband was taken into custody and has been charged with murder and felonious assault.
Police have offered no additional details about the shooting, but did provide audio of the 911 call made from the home.
“I just shot my wife,” the man identified as Ronald Svec said in the call. “She pointed a knife at me and I shot her.”
He then asked police to send an ambulance and hurry.
The husband also told a police dispatcher there was a child in the home at the time of the shooting.
“I got this baby here,” Ronald Svec said before he went silent for several seconds while the child could be heard crying in the background.
Ronald Svec can be heard telling the child to sit in a chair and not move before the line goes dead.
North Ridgeville Fire Department took Gloria Svec to St. John Medical Center in Westlake, where she was pronounced dead.
Ronald Svec is being held at the Lorain County Jail.
A family friend said in an email that the family would not make a comment, did not want to be contacted and is requesting privacy. An undated photo of Gloria Svec was provided, and she can be seen hugging her brother, Jim Mallos.
Friends and co-workers of Gloria Svec recount her as a sweet woman and grandmother.
“I worked with Gloria, and she was the sweetest person I know,” said Christina Morris. “She worked for Murray Ridge (Center) and loved her consumers very much. She was raising her grandson and that’s all she ever talked about.”
Stacy Smith, 28, of Avon, said Gloria Svec was an instructor at the Elyria facility.
“She always made everyone laugh and smile,” Smith said. “She really knew how to care about her consumers and how their lives could be changed for the better no matter what problem you have. The consumers were able to go to her and talk to her, and she would provide the best advice that life could offer. Everyone looked up to her as a compassionate woman with a great heart and warm smile.”
This is the second homicide police have investigated related to domestic disturbances in North Ridgeville this year.
In July, Timothy Hoff, 65, shot and killed 62-year-old Donna Roode before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide. The couple had lived together at Roode’s Laurel Circle residence for a number of years, according to police, before Roode told Hoff to move out a few weeks before Hoff shot Roode to death.
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