Chardon confrontation and shooting captured on cell phone video

12:38 PM, Oct 17, 2013   |    comments
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CHARDON -- A dramatic confrontation between a man and his ex-wife's boyfriend ends with the man accidentally shooting his current wife in the back.

The exchange and shooting last August 25, are all captured on cell phone video. The video and incident reports were just released, exclusively to Channel 3 News this week.

Geauga County Sheriff's deputies say Tony Molchak, of Solon, was dropping off his daughter at his ex-wife's home on Clark Rd. in Chardon Twp. He argued with Gary Schussler, the boyfriend of ex-wife, Diane Molchak, on the front lawn.

The video, shot by Molchak's current wife, Shelley, shows Molchak throwing the first punch at Schussler.

Schussler then pulls a gun from a back holster. He's seen in the video, kicking Shelley Molchak and her cell phone. As the two men scuffle, Schussler drops his gun, and Molchak seizes on the opportunity.

"I got the gun now!" Molchak is heard saying.

But Molchak accidentally fires the cocked and loaded gun, shooting his own wife in the back. She was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center with a collapsed lung.

Schussler's attorney defends his client's right to pull a gun while on his property.

"He [Molchak] came on my client's property, and my client did what he had to do to protect himself," said attorney Michael Peterson.

Schussler was charged with having a weapon while intoxicated, and assault against Shelley Molchak. Tony Molchak was charged with negligent assault on his wife. Both criminal cases against the men are still pending.

And the key witness: a camera's eye.


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