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Police investigated man in murder-suicide for sex allegations in 2014

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    Shawn Guillereault



MONTVILLE TWP. — Five years before a naked 17-year-old girl walked up to employees at a McDonald’s on Wooster Pike early Sunday saying her mother’s boyfriend tried to sexual assault her, Montville police said they had investigated the same man for an alleged prior sexual offense.

Police Chief Terry Grice said Monday that Shawn Guillereault was the subject of an investigation in 2014 involving the 17-year-old victim’s older sister, who was then 16.

No charges were filed after city Prosecutor Matthew Lanier declined to prosecute.

“The standard of proof in any criminal case is ‘proof beyond a reasonable doubt,’ ” Lanier wrote in a March 4, 2015, letter to the investigating officers from Montville police.

“After reviewing the report, I do not believe a criminal complaint can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Beyond that case, the only other time Grice said officers went to 4777 Stockbridge Drive before Sunday was for a domestic dispute that took place in December. No report was taken, he said.

Grice said the 17-year-old girl who escaped the house Sunday morning did not say Guillereault tried to assault her in the past. Sunday’s incident was the first time involving the teen, police said.

Based on a timeline released by Montville police Monday, Guillereault and Rachel Azbell, his girlfriend of more than seven years, got into a disagreement at the home the couple shared and it got out of hand with Guillereault shooting Azbell in the head.

Medina County Coroner Dr. Lisa Deranek said Monday that Guillereault, 44, shot Azbell, 45, once in the right temple, “almost execution-style.” Deranerk said Azbell is considered “brain dead” and is on life support at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital pending possible organ donation.

After the shooting, Guillereault went upstairs to the teen’s bedroom, still with the handgun he used to shoot her mother, and reportedly tried to sexually assault her.

“It appears the shooting took place before the assault took place,” Grice said. “He indicated to the 17-year-old, ‘I shot your mother.’ ”

The teen was able to fight off and stall Guillereault, who went into an upstairs bathroom.

That is when Grice said the girl escaped the home and ran roughly a half-mile to the restaurant.

“She was a hero for herself and those other two children in that home,” he said.

In addition to the 17-year-old, a 15- and 12-year-old were in the house. They were taken safely from the home and are in the custody of their biological mother. Guillereault had a shared parenting agreement with his ex-wife in regard to the two younger children, Grice said.

Azbell reportedly had three daughters.

The 17-year-old is not mentioned in the redacted 2014 police report that detailed the incident involving her older sister.

According to the report, Azbell went to Montville police to report her teenage daughter “had been touched as well as had sexual comments made directly to her.” She told police the incident took place on Aug. 5, 2014, when Guillereault and her daughter were home alone.

The mother went to police two days later after the daughter confided in an older sister, who told Azbell.

When officers spoke to Guillereault on Aug. 8, 2014,hetold police he asked the teen for a massage while both were fully clothed. He said he did talk to her about sexual acts between men and women and things he and her mother had done, the report said.

Guillereault told officers at that time that he didn’t think he had done anything illegal and that he was acting inappropriate as a way to get Azbell to move out of his house with her daughters.

The daughter told police Guillereault would look at her and make her feel uncomfortable.

The report also detailed weapons Guillereault had in the home including a 12-gauge shotgun, .22-caliber rifle, .330-caliber old English rifle and a 9mm handgun.

Azbell told police back in 2014 that at one time Guillereault talked about wanting to shoot someone in the head. She ended up hiding the 9 mm handgun from her boyfriend after the comment, she said.

Grice said Monday that officers uncovered three shotguns and one handgun from the Stockbridge Drive home Sunday.

Guillereault shot his girlfriend with a handgun and turned a shotgun on himself, aiming right at his forehead.

Contact Lisa Roberson at (330) 721-4060 or

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