Man threatened family, shot through front door, Greenhills police say

Man threatened family, shot through front door, Greenhills police say
Posted at 8:39 AM, Sep 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-18 12:39:32-04

GREENHILLS, Ohio -- A 36-year-old man is charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors after threatening his family early Sunday morning and firing a rifle through his front door, according to Greenhills police.

Gary M. Cozine was in a standoff with police but eventually surrendered. He was booked on charges of discharging a firearm into a habitation and inducing panic, both felonies, and domestic violence and using weapons while intoxicated, both misdemeanors.

Greenhills Police Chief Neil R. Ferdelman said in a news release that Cozine reportedly was involved in a fight at a bar before returning to his home on Hadley Road sometime before 2 a.m.

Back home, Cozine threatened his family, who escaped through a rear bedroom window, Ferdelman said.

Cozine refused to leave his home, Ferdelman said, and he fired a single shot from a tactical rifle through the front door. The shot went through the window of a home across the street. Officers told the neighbors to get in the basement before Cozine fired, Ferdelman said, and no one was hurt.

Cozine got onto the home's roof and jumped down to surrender. Officers found the rifle, a shotgun and other weapons inside the home, Ferdelman said.

Cozine was being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center Sunday morning.