ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A Cambridge man involved in a shooting incident at a Barnesville residence earlier this year that seriously injured him and his brother was arraigned Monday in the Belmont County Common Pleas Court on multiple charges.
Mitchell T. Metzler, 32, is facing single counts of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, with a firearm specification, aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor; and assault, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Bond for Metzler was set at $2,500 and a personal recognizance bond with numerous special conditions.
The court ordered Metzler to participate in pre-trial supervision and report, as required, to a probation officer.
An 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew was imposed and Metzler was ordered no to consume any alcohol or drugs of abuse. He is subject to random drug and alcohol screenings and he is banned from entering establishments that primarily serve alcoholic beverages.
Metzler was also ordered not to have any contact with the alleged victim in the case.
A status conference hearing was scheduled for Nov. 20 followed by a plea hearing on Dec. 4. If the case is not otherwise resolved, a trial is slated for Dec. 19 in the common pleas court.
Metzler’s brother, Michael J. Smith, 30, Cambridge, is a co-defendant in the case. He is facing one count of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor.
An arraignment hearing for Smith is scheduled for Nov. 2 in the Belmont County Court.
Both Metzler and Smith were shot during the incident on Franklin Street in Barnesville.
Both men were flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh, Pa., hospital after driving themselves to Barnesville Hospital for treatment.
According to reports, Barnesville police officers were dispatched to the home at approximately 11 p.m. on May 16 when the gunshots were fired by the village resident.
Authorities have reported the series of events that led up to the shooting started when Metzler confronted a Barnesville resident regarding his ex-wife. Reports stated Metzler had a relationship with the woman and sought to confront the man at his home.
Metzler allegedly brandished a firearm and the two men were involved in a physical altercation. Metzler suffered injuries and sought treatment at Barnesville Hospital.
At this time, Metzler contacted Smith to come to Barnesville and pick him up at the hospital. That is when the two brothers reportedly decided to return to the Barnesville man’s home to for a second altercation.
In the meantime, the Barnesville resident’s ex-wife learned of the brothers’ intentions and warned him they planned to return to the home to confront him again.
When the men arrived at the home and one of the brother’s knocked at the back door, the Barnesville man allegedly answered the door armed with a gun and a second altercation ensued. It was then gunshots were fired, striking Metzler in the leg and Smith in the chest.
Both injuries were reportedly life-threatening.
Belmont County authorities say the shooting may have been avoided if the Barnesville resident simply didn’t answer the door when the brothers returned to his home or if he called police to handle the situation.