Akron grandfather and grandson had fistfight three years before fatal shooting

August 22, 2018

Akron grandfather and grandson had fistfight three years before fatal shooting

AKRON, Ohio — An Akron grandfather charged in the shooting death of his grandson told police over three years ago that his grandson attacked him during a fight, according to police records.

Dann E. Schaffer, 61, is charged with murder in the slaying of his grandson, Cody J. Czerpak, 22. The fatal shooting happened about 10:30 p.m. Sunday at a home in the 500 block of Rothrock Avenue, Akron police said. 

The pair got into a fight and Schaffer shot Czerpak once in the chest, killing him, police said. 

Investigators provided very few details about the shooting, but a July 2015 Akron police reveals the tumult in their relationship was nothing new.

Officers were called to the same home on Rothrock Avenue on July 15, 2015, just after 6 p.m. after Schaffer reported that his grandfather punched him in the face, the report says. 

Czerpak told the officers at the time that everyone was arguing when he walked into the room and that his grandfather attacked him, the report says. He said that he defended himself and started punching his grandfather after the attack, the report says.

Investigators noted Schaffer had a bloody nose but refused treatment. Czerpak also had a bruise on the left side of his face, authorities said. 

Czerpak was charged with domestic violence but later pleaded guilty to a lesser disorderly conduct charge. He was ordered to pay over $200 in court fees and was sentenced to 28-days in jail that was suspended, according to Akron Municipal Court Records.  

The police report was released after cleveland.com requested a list of calls made to the house in the last three years. Officers have been called to the home for numerous domestic incidents but the 2015 fight appears to be the only incident between the two. 

Schaffer was being held in the Summit County Jail on a $1 million bail. He is scheduled to appear in Summit County Common Pleas Court Sept. 7. 

Court records show Schaffer has a criminal history that includes forgery and a series of drug possession charges over the course of several years. 

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