Man facing charges in Bristol Twp. shooting dies in jail

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Milton Kurtzman is accused of shooting Allen Byler last week at a house on Hyde Oakfield Road

BRISTOL, Ohio (WYTV) – There are three separate investigations centered around the man accused of shooting his roommate in Bristol Township last week, including how the suspect died in jail.

The Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office confirms the 71-year-old suspect, Milton Kurtzman, passed away Friday evening in his jail cell. It was one day after he was taken into custody.

“He was locked securely in his cell, no one had access to him. The C.O. had seen him just seven minutes prior and then again seven minutes later saw him on the floor,” said Chief Deputy Joe Dragovich, Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office.

Results of an autopsy are still pending but officials at the sheriff’s office say they don’t suspect foul play and it appears Kurtzman died of natural causes.

The affidavit for a search warrant reveals more details about what happened inside Kurtzman’s home the day before he died.

According to those sworn documents, Kurtzman told investigators he and his roommate, 64-year-old Allen Byler, had been arguing after he suspected Byler of stealing firearms. Kurtzman admitted to firing about four shots at him.

“Now, we just don’t have a suspect to prosecute if there was going to be prosecution,” Dragovich said.

Byler was shot in the stomach and treated at a local hospital.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Trumbull sheriff’s deputies were back at the house on Hyde Oakfield Road on Saturday, digging outside.

On Monday, two cruisers were parked at Kurtzman’s property. Beyond them, you could see mounds of dirt, a backhoe and yellow crime scene tape.

At this point, officials haven’t revealed what they were looking for, only saying it’s part of an investigation unrelated to the shooting or Kurtzman’s death.

“I acknowledge we were there and there’s an ongoing investigation that I cannot comment any further on,” Dragovich said.

Investigators are expected to be back at the scene on Tuesday.

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