Niles police: Love triangle leads to wrong person getting shot

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One man is in the Trumbull County Jail and another is in the hospital

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Police have arrested a man charged in the shooting in Niles Sunday.

Nicklas Trkula, 21, of Middlefield, is facing attempted murder and felonious assault charges. He is being held in the Trumbull County Jail without bond.

It happened shortly after 4:30 p.m. near the Mauro Circle apartments off of Deforest Road, according to police. Officers responded to multiple 911 calls about gunshots in the area.

Police found one man hurt with a gunshot wound in his leg. According to Capt. John Marshall, he was shot while watching TV in his apartment.

The victim, who was just an innocent bystander, was taken to the hospital. He’s expected to survive.

Investigators said it seems this man was not the intended target — another person in another apartment was.

According to police, the shooting was the result of a love triangle involving a woman, Trkula and the intended target.

Police said Trkula drove from Middlefield to Niles to confront the intended target because Trkula believed his girlfriend was at the intended target’s apartment.

After the shooting, Trkula and the woman returned to their home in Middlefield, police said.

About an hour later, Geauga County units found Trkula. A Niles officer met with Geauga officers and brought him back to Niles.

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