A Springfield man is accused of an August shooting in the city.
Cody Mauller, 27, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on charges of felonious assault and discharge firearm on or near prohibited premises. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and his bond was set at $5,000.
Mauller is accused of shooting at a driver of a vehicle that allegedly struck his jeep in August. A police affidavit filed with the charges says the victim was arguing with a group of men on Karr Street in August when the men began to throw rocks at the victim’s car.
“(The victim) stated that he took off to get away from them and accidentally struck Mr. Mauller’s Jeep,” the report says. “(The victim) stated that Mr. Mauller came to his driver side window and started trying to open the door to drag him out so he took off.”
The victim said Mauller followed him as he tried to get away and fired one shot at him with a handgun near Mitchell Boulevard, according to the affidavit.
“(The victim) stated he saw Mr. Mauller fire the shot from his rearview mirror,” the affidavit says. “(The victim) stated he then took off and waited for police at Kinsler’s Bar on E. Main Street.”
The victim was taken back to the scene where he identified Mauller as the shooter, the affidavit says.
Officers interviewed Mauller who told them while he was following the victim, he thought the victim was going to back his car into his, according to the affidavit.
“Mr. Mauller advised the vehicle suddenly stopped in the area of Miracle Mile and Mitchell Boulevard,” the affidavit says. “Mr. Mauller stated he saw the vehicle’s reverse lights and thought the vehicle was going to back into him. Mr. Mauller stated he retrieved a handgun which was sitting on the passenger side seat. Mr. Mauller admitted that he placed the handgun in his left hand and fired one shot from inside of the vehicle.”
Mauller allegedly told officers that he wasn’t trying to shoot the driver, rather he was aiming for a tire.