Man charged in Christmas day shooting

HOWLAND — Bond is set at $20,000 for the Warren man accused in an early Christmas morning shooting of another man outside a home on Rosewood Drive NE.

Peter Sfikas, 40, pleaded not guilty Thursday during his first appearance in Warren Municipal Court on a charge of felonious assault, filed in connection to the shooting that sent Ryan B. Argiro, 38, of Youngstown, to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his left hand.

Police were called just after 2 a.m. Tuesday to the home at 1323 Rosewood Drive NE by a woman reporting two men were in the front yard and one had shot the other in the hand, according to a police report.

Argiro was at the home, where his girlfriend lives, when Sfikas, the woman’s ex-boyfriend and father of her two children, arrived uninvited, the report states. The two began to fight in the yard and Argiro pulled his gun. The two began to fight over the gun and Argiro told police he was shot in the hand, the report states.

Sfikas told police during the fight the gun was put to his throat so he tried to get the gun away and it fired, the report states.

The woman, Lindsay Pumphrey, 29, told police Sfikas was sending her messages that evening he was going to come to the home to confront Argiro against her warnings not to, the report states. The fight, she told police, started on the porch and spilled into the yard.

She told police during the struggle for the gun she saw Sfikas’ finger on the trigger “and the next thing she knew the gun went off and Argiro was bleeding,” the report states. Pumphrey took the gun and put it in a kitchen drawer when the men stopped fighting, the report states.

Audio from the Trumbull County 911 Center depicts a hectic scene with two men arguing about who shot who. Initially, the woman told a dispatcher Argiro shot himself in the hand, which causes all three to argue about who pulled the trigger.

During the call, the two appear to still be fighting over the gun, causing the dispatcher to implore the woman to try and get the gun. She convinced the men to hand over the gun, according to the recording.

Sfikas, 1206 South St. SE, Warren, is due back in court on Jan. 11. He was released on bond Thursday afternoon, jail records show.

rselak@tribtoday.com

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