ASHLAND - The Ashland County Coroner's Office has identified Charity Hlovac, 33, as the victim of a fatal shooting early Monday at Stoney Creek Apartments.
Hlovac's husband is being held at the Ashland County Jail in connection with the alleged homicide, according to Ashland police Chief Dave Marcelli.
The 40-year-old husband's name has not been released by police as he has not yet been charged, police said.
Ashland police responded to apartment Unit A at 230 Matthews Ave. on Monday at 1:49 a.m. after neighbors in an adjacent unit called 911.
On the 911 call, a male caller can be heard telling a dispatcher he and his wife and two children heard seven gunshots coming from Unit A. Some bullets traveled into the neighboring unit, where the caller and his family took cover behind as many walls as possible while waiting for police.
Police arrived within the first five minutes of the call. Within 10 minutes, the 911 caller and his family had been safely escorted outside. They were given temporary shelter and assisted by Ashland County Emergency Management Agency and the local chapter of American Red Cross.
Meanwhile, a negotiator from the Ontario Police Department and a special response team from Mansfield were called to assist Ashland police, the Ashland County Sheriff's Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol at the apartment complex, according to a call report from the Wooster-Ashland Regional Council of Governments dispatch center.
The alleged shooter barricaded himself in apartment Unit A and remained there approximately two hours before voluntarily surrendering to police. He was unarmed when he was taken into custody shortly before 4 a.m., according to a press release from Marcelli.
Charity Hlovac was found dead inside the apartment. Her cause of death has not been released, but she did have one or more gunshot wounds, authorities said.
A record request for prior police calls to the apartment unit showed police had been called to check on Charity Hlovac's wellbeing July 1 after an Arick Hlovac called her off work 30 minutes before her scheduled work time. Co-workers had not heard from her in two days. Charity was found safe at her apartment.
In May, police spoke with Arick Hlovac, whose address was listed as 230 Mathews Ave. The man told police he had used methamphetamine in the past year and that he thought people were "out to get him."