CUYAHOGA FALLS — A Kennedy Boulevard man is facing felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with allegations that he fired a gun five times at his apartment complex while under the influence of meth early Sunday morning.
No injuries were reported, according to a police press release.
Police said Eric D. Naylor, 41, woke up a woman and a 3-year-old child in their apartment and told them they were not safe and they needed to leave the apartment at 1390 Kennedy Boulevard. Police said that as they were leaving the apartment, Naylor allegedly fired a 9 mm pistol twice and then three more times in the complex’s parking lot.
Police responded to the apartment after receiving a report of gunshots fired and Naylor immediately surrendered. The release said police found a drug pipe in Naylor’s pocket and "believe this may have contributed to Naylor’s paranoid behavior."
According to complaints police filed in Stow Municipal Court, Naylor was allegedly holding the child in his arm while firing the gun and was under the influence of meth at the time of the incident.
Another complaint alleges that Naylor tried to run from police while handcuffed after he was taken to Western Reserve Hospital for treatment of an unspecified eye injury. He was later taken to Summit County Jail, where he was being held on a 10 percent of $25,000 bond on Tuesday.
According to court records, Naylor entered felony no pleas to second-degree felony charges of improper discharge of a firearm and escape at his arraignment Monday morning. He also pleaded not guilty to first-degree misdemeanor charges of discharging firearms, using weapons while intoxicated, endangering children, and inducing panic, as well as fourth-degree misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession.
Naylor is scheduled for a felony status hearing before Judge Lisa Coates on May 13 at 10:30 a.m. An attorney for Naylor could not immediately be identified.
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