Warren man charged with assault

A Warren man has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after an incident where he allegedly used a shotgun to impale a victim’s left eye during a confrontation.

On May 13, City of Warren police charged Dillon Gray, 21, 109 Lincoln Ave., with one count of aggravated assault and an additional count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after they were called to Warren General Hospital for a report of a male shot in the face with a shotgun.

“On arrival, we spoke with ER staff and advised that it was not a gunshot but the victim has been struck in the eye with a shotgun,” according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint says that police then spoke with the victim who stated that he went to Gray’s residence to obtain $40 that Gray allegedly owed him. The confrontation, originally verbal, turned physical.

“During the physical altercation, the victim was pushed into the bedroom closet,” the complaint reads. “The defendant came out of the closet with a Remington 870 shotgun and pointed it at the face of (the victim). (The victim) stated that once the gun was out he backed away as the defendant began swinging at and near his face so he grabbed the barrel of the shotgun.

“Once the barrel was grabbed, the defendant lunged the shotgun towards (the victim) and the barrel of the shotgun broke the glasses of the victim and impaled his left eye.”

According to the complaint, the victim was immediately rushed to the hospital by his girlfriend, who witnessed the altercation. “The preliminary diagnosis of the ER doctor was the victim had lost his left eye but he would have to run some more thorough tests,” it said.

Gray was preliminarily arraigned on May 14 before District Justice Laura Bauer and placed in the Warren County Jail after he was unable to post $50,000 bail.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22.