PATASKALA, Ohio — A 2-year-old girl has died after she was shot by her 6-year-old brother who had found a gun that was left out at a home in Pataskala, according to a call made to 911.
According to those documents, emergency personnel responded to a 911 call on Haystack Avenue just after 11 a.m. Saturday. They found a 2-year-old girl had been shot in the head. She was transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital but did not survive her injuries.
“There’s been an accident with a weapon,” the caller said.
“Can you be more specific?”
“My daughter, my daughter’s been shot with a gun,” she replied.
Also in the home were 41-year-old Jason Massuros, his wife and an 11-year-old.
The caller said her 6-year-old was playing with “some weapon” downstairs because “some (expletive) idiot left it out.”
The caller said she heard the noise two hours before making the call but didn’t realize what had happened at the time.
The girl had just turned two the day before the shooting, according to the caller.
Court documents show when crews arrived, Massuros barricaded himself in the basement with an AR-15 and threatened to harm himself several times.
Officers from the Pataskala Police Department and Licking County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to negotiate with Massuros. The situation stretched on for hours until Massuros took his finger off the trigger and could be tasered, according to court documents.
Massuros was arrested and spent the rest of the weekend in jail ahead of Monday afternoon’s court hearing.
Licking County Prosecutor Jenny Wells told 10TV the grand jury will consider two charges against Massuros — endangering a child and inducing panic.
A judge ordered him to be held on a $500,000 bond.
Court documents also reveal that the wife of Massuros said he frequently left loaded weapons, accessible to anyone, in the house. Those documents also reveal there have been approximately 60 domestic calls to the home involving guns and knives since 2009.
A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 26.