MADEIRA, Ohio – A local radio talk show host arrested and charged with shooting his wife Tuesday -- hours after he told police the incident was an accident -- pleaded not guilty Wednesday.
But authorities say the shooting involving Blake Seylhouwer -- a host on 55KRC Radio "THE Talk Station in Cincinnati" -- and his wife Misty Seylhouwer outside their Madeira home was no accident.
"The officers got there and (Blake) kept saying it was an accident, but (Misty) was saying something different," Madeira Police Chief Frank Maupin said. "We don't feel it was an accident."
Maupin said Blake, 36, waited until his wife turned her back before he purposely fired a shot in her direction in their driveway in the 5000 block of Windridge Drive at about 2:40 p.m.
The bullet ricocheted off the ground and struck Misty in the head, leg, stomach and neck, Maupin said.
But when Blake called 911, he had a different story.
"I shot my wife accidentally,” Blake told a 911 dispatcher after the gun fired.
When officers arrived at the scene, they said Misty, 28, was on the ground in her driveway, covered in blood and repeating the words, "He shot me. Get him away from me."
Maupin said it was later determined an argument took place between the couple before the shooting -- and when Misty turned her back, Blake fired a shot.
Blake told the 911 dispatcher before police arrived that he was removing his .30-06 rifle from his vehicle’s trunk when it fired. A .30-06 rifle is a high-powered gun commonly used for deer hunting.
"She came out of the car and I accidentally hit her," Blake said in the 911 call. In the background, Misty is heard yelling for help.
Blake told the dispatcher his wife was still conscious and breathing, and “bleeding from her head.”
"She can talk," he said.
He later shouts, “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”
Misty Seylhouwer was shot in her driveway in the 5000 block of Windridge Drive. | Photo by Jason Law
The 911 dispatcher told Blake to put a clean cloth on his wife’s head and apply pressure.
Blake said his children, a 4-year-old and 1-year-old, were inside a neighbor’s home and not at the shooting scene.
Misty was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center and released Wednesday. Officials said she is going to be OK, and her injuries are not life threatening. She was later granted a temporary restraining order against her husband.
Police charged Blake Tuesday evening with felonious assault and domestic violence. Officers said they also found a suitcase of clothes in Blake's car and prescription medications.
He was given a $500,000 bond at his arraignment Wednesday and was ordered to stay away from his wife and children.
As of Thursday, Black was still incarcerated at the Hamilton County Justice Center and a motion to reduce his bond was denied. He is scheduled to go before a grand jury Aug. 22.
Blake Seylhouwer's booking photo
Maupin said he didn't know if Blake was trying to hit his wife with the bullet or was just trying to startle her.
"We can't say that he intentionally was going to shoot her or if he was just trying to scare her," Maupin said. "Either way, she was injured, so we filed charges for domestic violence and felonious assault."
Blake's attorney, Patrick Mulligan, said Wednesday he was "very comfortable with (Blake’s) plea of not guilty.”
“Domestic violence and felonious assault are specific intent crimes and the action of my client was without intent,” Mulligan said. “In fact, our position was it was an accident."
Tuesday’s incident wasn’t Blake’s first run-in with police, according to court records.
He was arrested in 2005 in Westerville, Ohio, for charges related to having sexually-oriented material involving a minor.
His charges were reduced to misdemeanors of public indecency and telephone harassment.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Blake is the president and owner of Jani-King of Cincinnati -- the largest commercial cleaning company in Cincinnati. He is also the host of 55KRC Radio's Small Business Sunday, which airs each Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m.
Blake Seylhouwer's profile photo for 55KRC Radio.
Property records show Blake bought his home in Madeira in 2012.
In his profile, Blake notes he was named a finalist for a 2013 Tri-State Goering Center for Family & Private Business Award, and a finalist for a Cincinnati 2012 Green Business Award by the US Green Building Council.
He is also a volunteer board member of United Way's Volunteer Connection Leadership Council, which provides assistance in achieving goals related to community volunteer engagement.
According to Misty's Facebook page, she is an executive producer at 55KRC Radio.
A photo of Misty Seylhouwer on her Facebook page.
Rob Misleh, whose parents live across the street from the shooting, said his family was in shock after hearing what happened.
"You wouldn't think that would happen in a neighborhood like Madeira because it really doesn't," he said.
Cheri Misleh said she was initially confused by the squad cars gathered on her street.
"I heard some loud noises and I thought it was construction from across the street,” she said. “But then I heard a lot of voices, so there was just a lot of commotion.”
WCPO's Jason Law contributed to this report.