A man dragged a woman he’d kidnapped from suburban Cleveland into the basement of a home in Erie, Pennsylvania, and critically injured a woman who lived there and assaulted her husband before being shot and wounded, an Erie police official said.
A neighbor who had responded to calls for help from the husband shot Kyle Johnson in the back and the leg as he fled the home, Erie police Deputy Chief Don Dacus said.
Police said they witnessed the shooting as they pulled up to the home and arrested Johnson, who was hospitalized and was expected to survive. Johnson couldn’t be reached for comment by telephone while hospitalized and in police custody.
Johnson was accused of kidnapping Brandi Shakir on Monday from her mother’s home in Oakwood Village, about 20 miles southeast of downtown Cleveland. Shakir was taken by ambulance from the Erie home and was hospitalized on Tuesday. Dacus said he didn’t know what her injuries were.
The woman who lived in the house, which Johnson apparently picked at random, was in critical condition with blunt-force trauma injuries, Dacus said. Her husband, who gave police a statement before being taken to a hospital, was in stable condition, Dacus said.
Johnson and Shakir once dated. Police in the Cleveland suburb Richmond Heights issued a felonious assault warrant for Johnson last week after Shakir reported he’d assaulted her, breaking a bone in her face. Shakir also sought and received a temporary restraining order against him.
Oakwood Village police said suspicions that Shakir had been kidnapped arose Monday when emergency crews responded to a fire at her mother’s home and Shakir couldn’t be located. Witnesses told police they’d seen Johnson’s car at the house before the fire.
Police issued alerts Monday afternoon for information about the whereabouts of Shakir and Johnson, which generated numerous tips, Oakwood Village police Chief Mark Garratt said Tuesday. Police and the FBI believed they’d located Johnson and Shakir in Erie, about 100 miles northeast of Oakwood Village, around midnight Monday, Garratt said.
Erie police received a 911 call shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday from one of two neighbors who’d responded to the homeowner’s cries for help. According to Dacus, Johnson broke into the Erie home about an hour earlier and forced Shakir into the basement. Johnson confronted the woman who lived there and badly beat her with an object, Dacus said. Emergency crews found her unconscious inside the home.
Johnson attacked the woman’s husband when he returned home later from an errand, prompting him to scream for help, Dacus said. Neighbors in the backyard of a nearby home heard his cries, rushed over and worked with him to restrain Johnson for police, Dacus said. One of the neighbors shot Johnson when he escaped their grasp, Dacus said.
Dacus said it’s unlikely that the neighbor will be charged with a crime for shooting Johnson.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Dacus tried to make sense of what had happened.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime event,” he said.