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Wellington Township man who reportedly shot himself indicted

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    Joel Slone

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ELYRIA — A Wellington Township man has been indicted on charges of felonious assault and domestic violence in connection with an alleged incident that left him with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Joel Slone, 51, was indicted on a second-degree felony count of felonious assault and misdemeanor domestic violence by a Lorain County grand jury, according to a secret indictment unsealed Friday.

On July 10, Lorain County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home in the 43000 block of Smith Road for a man who had attempted suicide, according to an incident report. When deputies arrived, they spoke with Slone’s fiancee who said Slone had shot himself in the head, but was still conscious, breathing and talking.

The fiancee said she’d returned home from Fort’s Tavern in Wellington after being out with a friend for an early wedding present. The fiance said she and Slone were getting married the coming weekend.

When she arrived home, Slone was intoxicated and an argument ensued, during which Slone picked up a coffee table and threw it on the floor, breaking it, according to the report. The fiance said Slone began searching the end tables in the living room for a gun.

When Slone pulled a gun out from a table, the two began to struggle for it. The fiance said she was able to get the gun away from Slone, but she was knocked to the ground, the report said.

Slone then ran upstairs with the fiance following him to stop him from accessing a gun safe in the master bedroom. Slone went into a “blind rage” and began hitting the woman several times in the head with his fist, the report said. Slone then pulled a .22-caliber revolver from the safe and shot himself in the head.

Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said it’s believed Slone jerked his head when the gun fired, which may have prevented the gunshot from being fatal.

Deputies reported Slone had an entry wound in the side of his head and an exit wound through the top of his head, the report said.

Slone was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland where he was treated and eventually released.

During the investigation, deputies saw signs of a struggle in the home that matched the statements of the fiance. Deputies also noticed “signs of physical abuse” on the woman, including blood on her arms and shirt. The fiance also told deputies she was afraid of being shot “at first but not now,” the report said.

Deputies removed four guns from the home at the request of the fiancee, the report said.

When deputies checked up with the victim the following week, the learned the wedding had taken place.

Will said Slone was indicted of felonious assault due to the injuries sustained by the woman who now is his wife.

Slone was arrested Friday morning, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was held Lorain County Jail overnight, before being released on $75,000 bond, according to jail records.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.
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