Suspect in wife’s murder at nursing home was out on bond

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CANTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio– The suspect in his wife’s murder at a Canton Township nursing home was taken into custody in southern Ohio Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting happened at the Astoria Nursing Home on 12th Street just before 8 a.m. Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said.

Astoria Nursing Home co-owners, Michael Slyk and Tim Chesney, told FOX 8’s Stacey Frey a nurse was leaving work when she was shot in the parking lot. The shooting was not work related. All patients and other employees are safe.

The victim was identified as 37-year-old Zeljka Sekulic. The couple has two children. Deputies would not say where the children are now.

Dragan Sekulic (Photo courtesy: Stark County Sheriff's Office)
Dragan Sekulic (Photo courtesy: Stark County Sheriff’s Office)

The sheriff’s office said the suspect, 37-year-old Dragan Sekulic, is the victim’s estranged husband. He fled the scene in a white 2016 GMC Terrain with Kentucky license plates.

Hours later, U.S. Marshals, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and Summit County Sheriff’s deputies converged on the Akron-Canton Airport. Authorities at the scene said they located the suspect’s rental vehicle.

Dragan Sekulic was driving another car when he was arrested in southern Ohio near Cambridge, the Stark County Sheriff’s Office said. Police recovered a gun, but did not know if it was the murder weapon.

Dragan Sekulic was out on bond for another domestic incident involving his wife when the shooting occurred. He was charged with felonious assault, domestic violence, open container and operating a vehicle under the influence.

Zeljka Sekulic’s family set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral expenses.

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