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Man Charged in Michigan Court Fatal Shooting

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Charles Edward Shisler is behind bars after an arrest in connection with a Bay County shooting.

Shisler allegedly fired a shot that traveled through a glass door, which struck and killed Justin Ayers, 33.

Ayers was in his home and surrounded by family when he received a gunshot that ended his life. He and his wife had just brought home a newborn baby from the hospital.

"I had just gotten a picture of him and the baby which was just born Father’s Day,” said Scott Fryer, a close friend. “The look on his face was just priceless, I was so happy for him. So this is a real tough thing."

Fryer has known Justin Ayers for 8 years, for him the news of his abrupt passing was devastating. "When I got the news I just honestly didn’t think it was real,” he said.  “It was really a shock things like this don’t happen to guys like him."

Ayers received a fatal wound from a gunshot, which his neighbor, Charles Shisler, allegedly fired into his home on Michigan Court.

"We are trying to determine based on the forensic evidence and limited information that we have what truly occurred, what caused the shot," said Major Tommy Ford, Bay County Sheriff’s Office. 

BCSO Deputies believe the shot was fired from Shisler’s home and traveled about 150 feet before it came into contact with the victim.

"The bullet traveled from within his residence, through his yard, through a wooded area that was probably 20 feet, through the back yard of the victim’s residence, through the sliding glass and across that residence," said Ford. 

Family and friends are suffering from the tragic loss of a man they say was an inspiration in life and through his passion for music.

"Certainly as dedicated as he was to his family and his craft, he was that dedicated to help others," said Fryer. “We've gotten a lot of support locally.. We'll get through it but this is real tough." Fryer added he finds comfort knowing that the family has a huge amount of support through family and great friends in the community.

Shisler was arrested and charged with Manslaughter and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. He was booked into the Bay County Jail.

He had his first appearance Wednesday morning. Judge Campbell ordered $150,000 bond on the manslaughter charge and $25,000 on the felon in possession of a firearm charge. As of Wednesday evening, Shisler had not posted bail. 
His arraignment is set for August 5 at 8:30 a.m.

Neighbors reported on the News 13 Facebook page that the police had been to Shisler’s residence in the past for reports of gunfire.

Ford confirmed there was a 9-1-1 call for the sound of gunfire in March, but when police made contact with Shisler he led them to believe the sound was coming from fireworks, which two other people nearby also stated. No firearms were visible by deputies and no charges resulted. 

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The following was released by the Bay County Sheriff's Office, Wednesday. 

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of Charles Edward Shisler, W/M, DOB/11-06-51, in connection to the shooting death of Stephen Justin Ayers.

On June 17, the Bay County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call at 6:12 PM in reference to a shooting at 2502 Michigan Court.

Deputies arrived at the home to find one man dead of a gunshot wound. A bullet hole was observed in the rear sliding glass door.  A search of the area around the residence was conducted. Deputies discovered Shisler in the back yard of his residence directly behind Ayers residence.  Shisler made admissions to his involvement in the shooting. 


The victim has been identified as Steven Justin Ayers, age 33. Ayers' family, including a three day old baby, was in the home at the time of the shooting.

Investigators are still working to determine the details of the shooting, but at this time it appears that Shisler fired the round from within his residence directly behind the Ayer’s residence.  The handgun believed to be used in the shooting was recovered from Shisler’s residence at 3708 W. 25th Street. 

Shisler was charged with Manslaughter and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and was booked into the Bay County Jail.