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Two Millersburg men shot when handgun discharges inside car

By STEVEN F. HUSZAIStaff Writer Published: December 6, 2012 5:00 AM

Two Millersburg men were hospitalized Nov. 25 when a handgun discharged inside the vehicle they were driving in Holmes County, just south of the Shreve village limits.

According to the Wooster Post of the State Highway Patrol, Tyler E. Wallace, 24, and Jason Zimmerman, 23, both of state Route 754, were transported to Akron City Hospital and Wooster Community Hospital, respectively.

Wallace was transported via helicopter; Zimmerman was transported by a Wooster Township squad.

Trooper Charles Abbuhl said Wallace was operating his 2008 Volkswagen Jetta northbound on state Route 514, just south of state Route 226, with Zimmerman as a front seat passenger.

Abbuhl said the Wooster Post is still investigating what happened, but one round from a Glock handgun Zimmerman was handling was discharged inside the vehicle at roughly 12:45 p.m.

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The trooper said he overheard at the scene the pair was headed to shoot at a range, but that it was not confirmed.

The round went through Zimmerman's left hand and struck Wallace in the right thigh. Abbuhl said the extent of the injuries was unknown the following day, but noted Wallace's was greater because of being hit in the thigh and the fact he was transported to Akron.

Patient Information at Akron City Hospital showed no listing for Wallace, though.

Wallace pulled into a driveway after being shot in the leg before troopers were called to the scene.

Abbuhl said the case is under investigation and will be sent to the Holmes County Prosecutor for potential charges.

Reporter Steve Huszai can be reached at 330-287-1645 or shuszai@the-daily-record.com. He is @GeneralSmithie on Twitter.

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anonymous Jan 12, 2013 3:44 PM

ryder57, Wallace is my boyfriend and I have known him for a very long time it was a complete accident. Wallace is a military veteran who trains people in the military how to safely use and operate many different guns. Guns did not cause the accident, it was assumption and misuse. It was NOT the gun, the gun DID NOT pull the trigger or do anything to cause the misuse.

anonymous Dec 6, 2012 4:13 PM

Just another example why guns should be banned. Did he have a Concealed Carry??