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Ohio man, 21, in ‘love triangle’ faces attempted murder charge ‘for shooting wrong person’

Ohio man, 21, in ‘love triangle’ faces attempted murder charge ‘for shooting wrong person’

  • Nicklas Trukla, 21, from Ohio, charged with attempted murder and felonious assault 
  • Accused of shooting man in the leg while he was watching TV in his apartment 
  • Police said the shooting was the result of a ‘love triangle’ involving Trkula, his girlfriend and her suspected lover
  • Trkula went to confront his rival and fired a shot, which entered neighbor’s apartment 

Police in Ohio have arrested a man in a love triangle who they say shot an innocent person while targeting his romantic rival. 

Nicklas Trukla, 21, from Middlefield, was arrested on Sunday afternoon on charges of attempted murder and felonious assault. He remained in jail without bail on Monday.

According to a press release from the Nile Police Department, the incident began unfolding at around 4.30pm, when officers arrived at the Mauro Circle apartments off of Deforest Road in response to multiple 911 calls about gunshots. 

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Nicklas Trukla, 21, has been charged with attempted murder and felonious assault for allegedly shooting a man in an incident involving a love triangle 

Police arrived at the Mauro Circle apartments off of Deforest Road in Nile, Ohio, on Sunday in response to multiple 911 calls about gunshots

Police arrived at the Mauro Circle apartments off of Deforest Road in Nile, Ohio, on Sunday in response to multiple 911 calls about gunshots

Police found a man suffering a gunshot wound to his right leg; he said he was shot while watching TV in his apartment

Police found a man suffering a gunshot wound to his right leg; he said he was shot while watching TV in his apartment 

Officers found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to his right leg. According to Capt. John Marshall, he was shot by Trkula while watching TV in his apartment, reported WKBN.

The victim was taken to St Elizabeth’s Youngstown Hospital and was expected to survive.

Investigators said it appears the victim was not Trkula’s intended target — another person in a neighboring apartment was.

While investigating the incident and speaking with several witnesses, officers discovered the injured man had been inside another apartment where a round entered while the suspect was shooting at his intended target.

Police said the shooting was the result of a 'love triangle' involving Trkula, his girlfriend and her suspected lover

Trkula went to confront his rival and fired a shot, which entered into another apartment

Police said the shooting was the result of a ‘love triangle’ involving Trkula, his girlfriend and her suspected lover. Trkula went to confront his rival and fired a shot, which entered another apartment 

According to the police, the shooting was the result of a ‘love triangle’ involving Trkula, his girlfriend and the intended target.

Police said Trkula drove from Middlefield to Niles to confront his rival because he believed his girlfriend was at his apartment.

It is unclear whether Trkula ended up harming the man he had suspected of being his girlfriend’s lover. 

After the shooting, Trkula returned to his home in Middlefield.

About an hour later, officers found Trkula and took him back to Niles to face charges.  

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