May 29, 2016

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Police said man fired gun at girlfriend


Nicholas Shaffer

LORAIN — A Lorain man whom police said assaulted and shot at his girlfriend on Sunday was found hours later in their house with an arsenal of guns and a bulletproof vest.

Nicholas Shaffer, 24, was charged with domestic violence and felonious assault on Sunday at the home he shared with his girlfriend on the 800 block of West 21st Street in Lorain.

The incident began around 12:30 a.m. Sunday when Shaffer’s 21 year-old girlfriend, Amber Carnley, said she awoke to find him punching their dog. When she told him to stop, Shaffer grabbed her phone and started yelling that she had cheated on him, she told police.

Carnley told police she headed downstairs and Shaffer followed and then shot at her with a .22-caliber bolt-action rifle, missing her and hitting the wall about 2 feet from her head. He then threw her on the coach and forced himself on her, police said.

Later, Carnley said she went upstairs and Shaffer followed her and fell asleep.

She went to the police station about 10:30 a.m. — telling police she was afraid to leave any earlier while Shaffer was there. She showed police pictures she took of the wall where the bullet hit.

Police went to Shaffer and Carnley’s home on West 21st Street to arrest him around 2 p.m. and found multiple guns in different rooms around the house. A long rifle was leaning against the wall, a loaded revolver was sitting on a cabinet and two shotguns sat in the bedroom alongside a bulletproof vest.

When police told Carnley about the guns, she told them the guns hadn’t been out when she left that morning. Carnley said Shaffer has been aggressive and abusive to her before but had never shot at her.

“He’s got something wrong with him. I believe he needs help,” she said.

Shaffer’s next hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Lorain Municipal Court.

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Anna Merriman is the police reporter for the Chronicle-Telegram. She can be reached at 329-7245 or her on Twitter.