CHARDON TOWNSHIP, Ohio –
Bickering over child visitation boils over on a front lawn in Chardon Township of Ohio. Tony Molchak dropped off his daughter at his ex-wife’s home. He and the ex-wife’s boyfriend, Gary Schussler, exchanged words while Molchak’s wife, Shelley, recorded with her smartphone. Molchak threw the first punch and then Schussler pulls a revolver from a back holster.
There was a scuffle and then Molchak grabbed the cocked and loaded gun. The gun went off, shooting his own wife in the back.
She was flown to the hospital with a collapsed lung. Schussler’s attorney, Michael Peterson, said Ohio’s Castle doctrine gave his client every right to pull a gun.
“He did what he needed to do to protect himself.”
Schussler’s neighbor, Township Trustee Michael Brown, backs his friend as well.
“I’ve lived next to Gary for 10 years and he’s never done anything irresponsible.”
However deputies said Schussler had been drinking and was charged with having weapons while intoxicated and assault. Molchak is charged with negligent assault against his own wife.