MADEIRA, Ohio - An Ohio radio talk show host was arrested and charged with shooting his wife Tuesday, hours after he told police the incident was an accident.
Police said Blake Seylhouwer, a host on 55KRC Radio "THE Talk Station in Cincinnati," waited until his wife Misty Seylhouwer turned her back before he purposely fired a shot in her direction in their driveway around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday.
The bullet ricocheted off the ground and struck his wife in the head, leg, stomach and neck, according to Madeira Police Chief Frank Maupin.
Investigators said they initially treated the incident as an accidental shooting and did not charge Blake. It was later determined an argument took place between the couple before the shooting.
"I shot my wife accidentally,” Blake told a 911 dispatcher after the gun fired.
Blake, 36, told the dispatcher he was removing his .30-06 rifle from a vehicle’s trunk when it fired. A .30-06 rifle is a high-powered gun commonly used for deer hunting.
Misty was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Officials said she is going to be OK, and her injuries are not life-threatening. She has since filed for a protection order against Blake.
Misty Seylhouwer was shot in her driveway in the 5000 block of Windridge Drive. | Photo by Jason Law
"She came out of the car and I accidentally hit her," Blake said in the 911 call. In the background, Misty is heard yelling for help.
Before authorities arrived, Blake told the dispatcher his wife was still conscious and breathing, and “bleeding from her head.”
"She can talk," he said.
He later shouts, “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”
The 911 dispatcher told Blake to put a clean cloth on his wife’s head and apply pressure.
Blake said his children, a 3-year-old and 1-year-old, were inside a neighbor’s home and not at the shooting scene.
Police charged Blake Tuesday evening with felonious assault and domestic violence. He is being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at 9 a.m.
Blake Seylhouwer's booking photo
Maupin said he didn't know if Blake was trying to hit his wife with the bullet or was just trying to scare her.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Blake is the president and owner of Jani-King of Cincinnati -- the largest commercial cleaning company in Cincinnati. He is also the host of 55KRC Radio's Small Business Sunday, which airs each Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m.
Blake Seylhouwer's profile photo for 55KRC Radio.
Property records show Blake bought his home in Madeira in 2012.
In his profile, Blake notes he was named a finalist for a 2013 Tri-State Goering Center for Family & Private Business Award, and a finalist for a Cincinnati 2012 Green Business Award by the US Green Building Council.
According to Misty's Facebook page, she is an executive producer at 55KRC Radio.
A photo of Misty Seylhouwer on her Facebook page.
Rob Misleh, whose parents live across the street from the shooting, said his family was in shock after hearing what happened.
"You wouldn't think that would happen in a neighborhood like Madeira because it really doesn't," he said.
Cheri Misleh said she was initially confused by the squad cars gathered on her street.
"I heard some loud noises and I thought it was construction from across the street,” she said. “But then I heard a lot of voices, so there was just a lot of commotion.”
Our Scripps sister station WCPO's Jason Law and Brian Mains contributed to this report.