WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Eleven people have been murdered in the City of Warren so far this year. The latest victim is a mother from Boardman who police say died when she was shot by her child’s father.
Police said it was a team effort that helped quickly move this case forward between their road division, detectives and even help from the public.
Caller: “I think she’s dead.”
Police identified Taryn Simmons as the victim. The shooting took place Thursday night in the 3100 block of Lodwick Dr. at the Jamestown Village Apartments.
Dispatcher: “Do we know who shot her?”
Caller: “I don’t know. She came in and started attacking me. I don’t know.”
“Two females were fighting, the suspect intervened and a shot or shots were fired — at this point, we don’t know how many. The male then fled,” said Det. Nick Carney.
Thanks to witness cooperation, police said they were able to quickly identify the suspect as 23-year-old Edward Culler and take him into custody about five hours after the shooting happened.
“This is the result when cooperation between the public and the police… when that works out, good things happen,” said Warren Police Capt. Robert Massucci.
Investigators say Culler and Simmons had a child together.
“There was a history of violence between the two,” Carney said.
According to a Niles police report from 2017, Culler was charged with felonious assault, accused of shooting Simmons in the leg. He was later convicted of a lesser negligent assault charge.
Culler was also recently sentenced on another reduced charge conviction, stemming from a fight between the two in Warren from March 2019.
Currently, Culler is being held in the Trumbull County Jail. Bond was denied because he is on probation.
He is scheduled back in court on July 2.