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Two people were killed in what Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer described as a "shoot-out" Wednesday morning, Feb. 12, in the 3400 block Grinnell Road, just south of Yellow Springs. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

Sheriff: Homeowner’s ex-wife one of two dead in Grinnell Road shooting

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An ex-wife of the property owner on Grinnell Road, where a shooting Wednesday morning, Feb. 12, left two people dead, was one of the fatalities, according to Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer.

The second person killed was an as yet unidentified male “companion” of the woman, whose name has not been released, according to a video of the sheriff addressing media at the scene, just south of Yellow Springs, late Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Fischer said the shooting occurred after 11 a.m. outside the gate of the driveway to a private home across the road from the former Camp Greene. Online records list the address as 3443 Grinnell Road. Authorities did not identify the homeowner, who lives at the address.

Fischer said the sheriff’s office was notified of a “shoot-out” by one of the home’s residents at about 11:15 a.m. The shooting “was going on when we got the phone call,” he told the News at the scene about 12:30 p.m.

Later in the day, he gave reporters a sketch of the shooting’s sequence of events as told to investigators by the homeowner and his current wife.

Fischer said that according to the couple’s statements, they had pulled into their driveway late Wednesday morning after being out — the wife driving and the husband in the passenger seat — when “they were confronted … by a man with a gun.”

The couple said the man “threatened to kill them,” and the homeowner, whom the sheriff said had a conceal carry license and was armed, “exited the car with [his] gun and a shoot-out occurred.”

Fischer said the ex-wife apparently then drove by, “saw what was going on,” stopped “and pulled a gun on [the homeowner}, and they exchanged gun fire, and she was shot.”

“The male homeowner did fire shots in defense, it appears,” Fischer concluded.

Investigators reported retrieving three guns and a number of shell casings at the scene. The sheriff’s office and the Ohio Bureau of Investigation, which was called in early Wednesday afternoon, will be working to determine the number of shots fired and where they originated.

The sheriff’s office also had requested warrants for the cars and the house, Fischer said. He did not say how many cars were involved. He noted that there may be security footage from the house that captured images of the shooting.

Greene County Coroner Kevin Sharrett said the bodes of the deceased were transported to the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab in Dayton, where autopsies will be conducted.

The News will continue to update this story as details are released.



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