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Ex-Firefighter Arrested for Shooting Girlfriend

Updated: Friday, May 3 2013, 01:16 PM EDT
GALION (Joe Stoll) -- A former city fireman is accused of shooting his live-in girlfriend during some sort of domestic dispute.

At around 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Galion Police received a 9-1-1 call at 246 S. Union St.  The caller said the neighbor lady was on the back porch with and appeared to have been shot multiple times, Chief Brian Saterfield said.  The caller had also said that the suspect fled in his car.

When police arrived at the house, they found the woman, who has been identified as 51-year-old Shelly Fry.  She was taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus with at least four gunshot wounds.

After canvassing the nearby neighborhood, and with the work of multiple law enforcement agencies, including the county sheriff and U.S. Marshals, and some watchful residents, police were able to catch up with the suspect, 57-year-old Brian Brown.

Brown is a former firefighter for the City of Galion, Chief Saterfield said.  However, he couldn't disclose his rank or how long he had served with the department.  Brown was taken to a local hospital to get treated for injuries he sustained in the arrest.  He was to be booked in the Galion County Jail.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigations spent several hours at the home collecting evidence in the crime.  It's not known yet what Brown will be charged with.

Chief Saterfield said the couple had been living together, but wasn't sure if there had been any domestic violence-related calls to their home in the past.

Fry's condition wasn't immediately known.
Ex-Firefighter Arrested for Shooting Girlfriend

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