Man facing charge after shooting in Trumbull County

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A man was shot in the abdomen and taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon

BRISTOL TWP., Ohio (WYTV) – A man is facing a felonious assault charge after an investigation into a shooting in Bristol Township.

Milton Kurtzman, 71, is being held in the Trumbull County Jail, awaiting a court appearance.

Around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, a man was shot in the stomach inside of a house on Hyde Oakfield Road. He was taken to the hospital for surgery.

A Trumbull County Sheriff’s report identifies the victim as 64-year-old Allen Byler.

911 caller: “My neighbor come over and he said the guy that he lives with shot him. He’s out in my yard.”

A neighbor across the street called 911 when Byler showed up on their back porch, bleeding.

911 caller: “He’s shot like, three times.”
Dispatcher: “He’s shot three times?”
911 caller: “Yeah, he’s bleeding everywhere.”

“Earlier this evening, we got a call about a subject who had been shot multiple times in the abdomen,” Trumbull County Sheriff Paul Monroe said Thursday. “Made it to the house across the street from the house…Apparently, there was some type of dispute this evening that resulted in violence here at the residence.”

“All of it is still under investigation,” said Chief Deputy Joe Dragovich.

According to a police report, deputies responded to Kurtzman’s home in February, when the victim of the shooting claimed Kurtzman was starting to suffer from possible dementia and he wasn’t comfortable having loaded guns in the house. The report says one of Kurtzman’s close friends secured the guns for the time being.

Investigators said at the time of Thursday’s shooting, the two were still roommates.

“Kurtzman was at the residence and after some time, we were able to take him into custody without incident, transport him down here to our office and book him into our jail,” Dragovich said.

According to the report, deputies took a cell phone and .357 Sig Sauer gun from the scene as evidence.

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