CLEVELAND — Aggravated murder charges were filed Friday against a city firefighter in the shooting deaths of three people in what police said was an apparent dispute over fireworks at a Fourth of July party at his neighbor’s house.
Terrance Hough Jr., 35, a 12-year veteran of the force, was jailed to await an initial appearance today in Cleveland Municipal Court.
He was charged with three counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of Jacob Feichtner, 24, a University of Akron student who lived at the house where the party was taking place; Katherine M. Rosby, 26, of Lakewood; and Bruce R. Anderson, 30, of Parma.
Police Chief Michael McGrath said more charges were expected when the case goes to a grand jury.
Hough has permits to carry concealed firearms, according to public records. Police recovered seven handguns, including the one investigators say was used in the shootings, and five long guns, from his home.
Cuyahoga County Coroner Elizabeth Balraj said Feichtner was shot in the chest and Anderson and Rosby were shot in the back. A man shot in the elbow and a woman with a finger wound were treated for minor injuries.
The wounded man who survived said Hough never complained about the noise.
“There was no warning,” Donny Walsh, 23, told The Plain Dealer. “There was nothing at all. There was no dispute.”
Walsh said Hough walked out of his home with a black gun and said, “I bet you guys won’t be doing this (expletive) again.”
Police at the scene said the shooting about 12:10 a.m. Thursday apparently was prompted by anger over fireworks and a loud party at the house of Hough’s neighbor.
Hough’s wife, Regina, had called police several times between 2003 and 2005 complaining about loud noise, drugs, underage drinking and problems with neighbors, police reports show. Cleveland police visited several times.
Hough does not yet have an attorney in the matter.