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Published: Tuesday, 12/11/2012

Coroner declares Toledo man's death a homicide

Anthony Fizer, 42, shot in face, leg Monday night


A man who was killed near central Toledo outside his home died after being shot twice, a Lucas County deputy coroner said today.

Dr. Cynthia Beisser said Anthony Fizer, 42, was shot once in the face and once in the right leg at 523 Winfield Rd. near Cherry Street and North Detroit Avenue on Monday night. The coroner declared the death a homicide.

Robbery was the apparent motive, Toledo police said today. The victim was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center and pronounced dead just after 8 p.m. 

"We believe that the motive was robbery, at this point," Toledo police Sgt. Joe Heffernan said.

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Sergeant Heffernan said the victim pulled up in his car, parked it in the driveway, and headed for his front porch, at which time two men approached him. A struggle ensued, during which time the victim was shot, the sergeant said.

Police had not recovered the murder weapon, the police spokesman said. He did not say whether police had found evidence at the scene.

Officers responding to a report of shots fired arrived about 7:40 p.m. and found the victim on the sidewalk in front of the residence. Witnesses said two men fled the scene on foot.

Police had no suspects, the sergeant said.

The homicide is the 46th in metro Toledo this year and the 34th inside the city.

Contact Mike Sigov at: sigov@theblade.com or 419-724-6089.

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