Gunshot wound that killed Castalia man was accidental, friends say

A 19-year-old Castalia father is dead after what may have been an accidental shooting, according to Sandusky County Sheriff's deputies. Deputies arrived at 110 Sandusky County road 294 at about 9:45 p.m. Friday and discovered Jacob Limberios had shot himself in the head with a .357 Magnum revolver while at least three of his friends were watching.
Annie Zelm
Mar 3, 2012

A 19-year-old Castalia father is dead after what may have been an accidental shooting, according to Sandusky County Sheriff's deputies.

Deputies arrived at 110 Sandusky County road 294 at about 9:45 p.m. Friday and discovered Jacob Limberios had shot himself in the head with a .357 Magnum revolver while at least three of his friends were watching.

His friends told deputies they didn't think he realized the weapon was still loaded when he pulled the trigger, according to the report.

"Everybody there was extremely shocked about what occurred," Sandusky County Sheriff's Capt. Michael Meggitt said. "He wasn't distraught. There's not one person there that thought he did that intentionally."

Deputies seized the gun and a single shell casing as evidence, along with two pocket knives, a pair of brass knuckles and a prescription bottle Limberios had been carrying in his pockets.

Limberios had attended EHOVE and had a young daughter, according to his Facebook page. He appeared to be comfortable using weapons and had recently posted a video of himself shooting the .357 revolver.

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My God Hold you in the palm of His hand for now and all Eternity.  My heartfelt sympathy to his family and his young daughter.  Another shock for a young man taken far too soon. 

Blessings to his family AND his friends. 


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Prayers to the family and all.


I know this will sound cold but this was natural selection.  I was taught you never point a gun at anything you don't intend on destroying.


3 friends around, and not one of them smart enought to say, hey bro, maybe you shouldn't point that at your face.

They should be charged with complicity to murder.


A quick browse of his facebook page will remove all assumptions as to why this happened, an immature mistake.


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Sue Meredith


If you fully read my blog, you will see that I said that the INCIDENT happened in Sandusky County. Not a word was said by me about where he lived.


What a tragedy to this family. A wife who has lost a husband and a little girl that will grow up without her father. Al so sad. Thoughts and prayers are with the family and those who knew him.

My thoughts to his family and friends, a tragic accident indeed.   A simple thought for those reading, I never owned or will never own a revolver. I own a number of hand guns and all have magazines, the bottom line is the temptation to keep the ammunition in close proximity to the chamber is less with an auto than with a revolver. It takes one or two seconds to slam in a mag and load the auto. I know some will argue, but the auto is much safer in a home as well, yes you can argue that the two seconds it takes to load could cause a burglar to get you, but really, if you sleep through them breaking in then they probably found your loaded revolver in the night stand and will be killing you anyway. Keep the magazine under the mattress, maybe the kids will not find it, just keep the two apart because the chance of the firearm going off by accident is way greater than you using it to protect your family!   Just saying!
Norma J-C

My sympathies and prayers to his family.

The truly sad part is that we have become a nation living in fear and resort to violence by any means to protect our lives. Put your life in His hands and he will take care of you and yours. Those who live by the gun will die by the gun and yet we fail to learn this lesson.


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 Jimbo and eightball...

If you read the reporter's comment he said this is the second young man *FROM* Sandusky County.

I said where he was *FROM* Erie county not Sandusky... I did not say that it happened in Erie County. I was correcting where Jake was from, not where it happened. 

The first young man lived in Sandusky County and died there... Jake lived in Erie County but died in Sandusky. That is all I was saying. 



I do not know this family, but want to give them my deepest sympathy in their time of need. Right now the family just needs positive comments and prayers, no blame, no faults, because it really doesnt matter, and will not change the situation that has happened. May god embrace this family and hold them close in their time of sorrow of a loved one.



Guns do not go off by accident. Even loaded guns do not go off by accident. I have yet to see a gun of ANY stripe, loaded or unloaded, pull its own trigger. Guns go off by "accident" only when they're mishandled.


Why does this remind you of why you "hate guns?" Because somebody did something stupid with it and, as a result, killed themselves? Then please tell us all how much you hate cars, prescriptions, the water, pit bulls, ladders, and gas furnaces, will you? All of these things can prove fatal if you do something stupid. I don't suggest that a momentary episode of "stupid" is deserving of death by any stretch of the imagination. But however much good any tool can do in responsible hands, those same tools can prove extraordinarily dangerous if treated irresponsibly. Guns are no better or worse than a claw hammer or, as the current headlines note, a box cutter. It's all in the hands of those who wield them.

The bottom line is simple enough: If you don't know how to handle a firearm properly, don't touch it. If you don't want a firearm, don't buy one. If you DO want a firearm, for pity's sake, LEARN to handle it properly. A little personal responsibility goes a long, long way...


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jake was one of my best friends. he was seriously the nicest person whos ever lived. he did so much for me, and i never asked him to. every time i would try to re pay him he refused to accept. he loved his daughter more than anything, and his sense of humor was unlike anyones. him and i are huge bob dylan fans, and that's the one way we connected like we did. we would just talk bob dylan for hours, and hang out with a couple of friends and just have fun listening to dylan. he was a perfect, 19-year old kid, and for anyone to think otherwise has another thing coming. i know the real jake, i know who he is, and what he is is the greatest dad on earth.

"may you stay forever young"-bob dylan

r.i.p. buddy, ill love you and miss you forever.



Re:Guns are no better or worse than a claw hammer.

Hard not to take issue with such a foolish statement.



 This is another example of why I HATE that the SR alows these comments/blogs on situations like this.  The family looks like a lovely wonderful family.  Something awful happened...not intentional...there are some nice, loving comments to the family and then there are those who apparently have no feeling or heart at all...if this would have been one of their family members or friends...they would be furious at some of these comments.  Let this family deal with their grief and loss without you...If you have nothing nice to my Mom would say....KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!  We ALL make mistake in our life....some of us don't have then posted on SR.

God Bless Jacob and his family and friends.  You all will have a guardian angel watching over you from now on.


 He was a really nice guy, yeah i just met him like 2 weeks ago.... my heart goes out to his daughter and the family. im sorry for the loss.... He will be missed greatly


Three words for you: 

 Jon-Erik  Hexum



This was sheer stupidity - tragic as it  is.   Period.


I recall someone from Erie County telling me about an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper by the name of Joe Limberios.  Does anyone know if there is a connection?  This is a tragedy.  You can argue all you want.  Here is a tip.  Do NOT come on to a blog and try to CONTROL what everyone should post or comment.  It is purely moronic to DEMAND what people should say just because YOU think you are now the divine power.  Standing on a liberal soapbox to bestow self-anointed authority over everyone else is muttonheaded to say the least.  You WILL get your feelings mutilated posting on a blog with people under uncredited names or call signs.  The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution still rules (So far) so GET A LIFE!  Here is the truth.  The coroner's report will state his death was due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  According to the witnesses (who will live with this for the rest of their lives) he did not deliberately intend to end his own life.  But, there are NO other choices for the coroner to select.  I have argued this before because the death certificate will infer the deceased committed planned suicide when they did NOT.  It is a terrible reality and the painful TRUTH.  I do wish there were other choices as to "cause of death."  SamAdams is absolutely correct.  You do NOT show out while handling firearms.  This was a costly mistake and the ultimate price was paid.  It only took a second to make this mistake because no one could stop him.  To me, such a mistake is NOT fair in comparison to the end result.  We will all ask why.  YOU are free to do anything you want as long as you do not hurt others, OBEY the rule of law and be responsible.  Godspeed Mr. Limberios and condolences to all his family and friends.  I am so sorry for your loss.   


 Joe Limberios is a retired state trooper. Been retired since the early 90's. Family to Jacob, but no connection with this tragic accident in any way, shape or form. 


I guess it depends  on ones'  definition of a mistake.   What if he would have pointed it at someone  else and the gun went off.   We would be reading a whole  other story.     It certainly was preventable. 

   Maybe the paper should run an article in  firearm safety.    Then again,  what good would it do if people don't pay attention.


 my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this young man.  there is no need to make assumptions about what happened.  dont you think that everyon feels bad enuff about what happened without you negative posters saying your crap on here?  everyone makes mistakes in life.  its a shame that his daughter will have to grow up without him.   there have been to many tragedies recently and its very scary what the world is coming to.   may he RIP.  God bless everyone involved

(Sam A) I never said the firearm went off by itself!   Wikipedia: “An accident or mishap is an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance, often with lack of intention or necessity. It implies a generally negative outcome which may have been avoided or prevented had circumstances leading up to the accident been recognized, and acted upon, prior to its occurrence.”   As a CCW permit holder, I found the class very informative, and I have been handling firearms since grade school. It would make a lot of sense for people who wish to purchase, handle, store and shoot guns to have a safety class under their belt, I am getting real close to saying it should be mandatory but hate to think that way. The age of young people growing up with firearms around the farm and other, learning to use them from friends and family is about gone and the majority of people have little or no experience when they purchase their first one from what I have seen at gun shows, stores and other.   Again, my thoughts go out to those close to him : (

where did this young man get a handgun? i thought a person had to be 21 to have a handgun or buy handgun ammo in ohio..



starry eyes...I haven't heard that name in decades!!!!!!  wow...blast from the past. 

And taxpayer, while we seldom agree on anything, posting online for anything no one has the right to be a censor (sp) for another.  This is NOT a private family page so whatever is said, be prepared for things you may not want to hear or see.  That is what happens when you access PUBLIC domain areas. 

My sympathy is still with the family and friends of the deceased.