Westerville News & Public Opinion

Blendon Township man arrested in brutal attack


A deadly shooting involving a divorced couple ended in the man's unsuccessful suicide attempt Monday morning, July 21.

Authorities said Michael Napoli, 33, of Blendon Township, shot himself in the head in a Fayette County hotel room after a lengthy standoff with sheriff's deputies. He survived and is charged with the Saturday, July 19 attempted murder of his ex-wife, the aggravated murder of the man she was with, and aggravated burglary.

Kimberly Napoli, 32, an administrative secretary for the Westerville Public Service Department, was on a visit to the Hocking Hills with her friend James Boergers Jr., 31, of Jacksonville, Fla., when Michael Napoli arrived at their rented cabin with a gun, authorities said.

Michael Napoli shot both parties and attempted to slit his ex-wife's throat, authorities said. Boergers was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kimberly Napoli survived and crawled to a nearby residence, where she was found by an off-duty firefighter-paramedic, who called 911. She was flown to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus, where she is no longer in critical condition, said Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North.

North said it is believed Michael Napoli found out through social media where his ex-wife was spending the weekend.

North said he spoke early this week to Kimberly Napoli, and that she was "doing well." She suffered multiple gunshots and knife wounds to her neck.

According to court records, Michael and Kimberly Napoli were married in 2006 and were divorced in 2013. They have two children together, and she has a third child.

Michael Napoli fled the scene and checked into a Jeffersonville hotel room, where a maid alerted authorities to his presence late Sunday night.

Following an overnight standoff, Fayette County sheriff's deputies broke into the room early Monday morning and found Michael Napoli unconscious in a chair, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He survived the apparent suicide attempt, and was transported by helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he remained in critical condition Tuesday, July 22, North said.

--with reports from Columbus Dispatch reporter Mary Beth Lane.