Investigation continues in fatal shooting Sunday

Fostoria police are continuing to investigate a shooting Sunday that killed 50-year-old Lisa Stowers and seriously injured her daughter, Tyeesha Ferguson, 36.

Fostoria Safety Service Director Allyson Murray said Tuesday afternoon that because of the seriousness of the investigation, officials are unable to release further details about the shooting, which occurred in the driveway at a Bannister Street home around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Calvin Dixson, 37, the estranged boyfriend of Ferguson who was arrested Monday in Cleveland in connection to the shooting, had not been extradited to Fostoria to answer to charges as of Tuesday afternoon, Murray said.

According to a police captain, a civil protection order had been filed by Ferguson against Dixson. Police were told there evidently was a history of threats being made by Dixson toward Ferguson.

Libra Martin, Seneca County Victim Assistance Program Director, said the victim’s assistance program helps some 200 people a year in the process of filing CPOs.

“In a lot of circumstances, I think that they have worked,” Martin said.

Martin said CPOs, however, should not be the only tool in safety planning.

Other tools include having neighbors keep an eye out, having someone walk in and out of work with a CPO petitioner and possibly moving in or staying with someone else.

“We try to look at all of it as a whole. We try to figure out what things you think will make you safe,” she said.

Martin said two types of civil protection orders exist, a domestic violence CPO and a civil stalking or sexually oriented offense protection order. In the case of a domestic violence CPO, a family member or household member can apply for the protection order.

For a civil stalking or sexually-oriented offense protection order, a sexual offense or pattern of incidents, which may include harm, attempts to harm or threats, have to be demonstrated.

In some cases, an ex parte CPO, or an emergency CPO, can be granted on the same day the petitioner applies.

“The judge decides if they need to be protected immediately,” Martin said.

Protection from CPOs can last up to five years, although a petitioner can request or a judge can order less time, Martin said. More time, or a continuance of the CPO, also may be requested.

If after a respondent has been served the CPO and they continue to call, email, text or try to see the petitioner, an arrest could be made.

“Police can arrest someone and charge them with the violation of a protection order,” Martin said.

A first offense is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months of incarceration and the second offense could be a felony, she said.