Cuyahoga Falls man charged with attempted murder in domestic incident

by STeve wiandt | REPORTER Published:

Cuyahoga Falls -- A city man was arrested over the weekend and charged with attempted murder and other crimes after police say he threatened to kill his live-in-girlfriend with a rifle and it discharged several times during a struggle. No one was seriously injured, according to police.

Police arrested David P. Seitz II, 27, at the scene after responding to a domestic violence call on High Street on Dec. 29, according to a press release from police.

A $500,000 cash bond was set Jan. 2 in Stow Municipal Court, where a preliminary hearing on the felony charges will be Jan. 7 in Judge Kim R. Hoover's courtroom, according to court records. Pleas on felonies are not entered in municipal court.

Seitz on Jan. 2 pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor offenses he is facing and will have a pre-trial on Jan. 7 in Judge Hoover's court, according to court documents.

Seitz and his live-in girlfriend had been in a verbal argument that escalated to the point that Seitz had allegedly threatened to kill both the woman and himself, the release said. He allegedly fired six rounds from a loaded rifle inside the residence as the two struggled for control of the weapon, according to police.

The woman texted a friend for help, according to Police Lt. Steve Guldeman, and the friend called police.

The woman also claimed she was choked and assaulted during the incident, the release said. Both people involved suffered minor injuries. Guldeman said they were treated at the scene and not taken to the hospital. No one was shot, he said.

The couple was outside when officers arrived at 10:16 p.m., four minutes after being dispatched, he said.

"Prior to officers arriving, things had calmed down and the victim was able to place the gun in the garage away from the suspect," Guldeman said.

Guldeman said the rifle -- an AR-15, 5.56 mm -- belongs to the woman and was loaded when police found it in the garage, but he didn't know how many rounds were left. Police took the gun as evidence, he said.

The lieutenant said shots were fired down into the stairwell area of the apartment and he didn't believe any bullets traveled outside the building.

Seitz was charged with attempted murder and felonious assault, both first-degree felonies; aggravated menacing, domestic violence, having weapons while intoxicated and discharging firearms in city limits, all first-degree misdemeanors; and discharging a firearm into a habitation, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Seitz was booked in the Summit County Jail.

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