Fight leads to shooting

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -



CAMDEN — A Camden man is recovering from gunshot wounds and a Middletown man is in custody at the Preble County Jail following a shooting which occurred last week.

According to Sheriff Mike Simpson, just after 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, Preble County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1100 block of Swann Beatty Road after receiving a report of an altercation in the roadway which had led to shots being fired.

“Deputies arrived within minutes and found one of two men standing in the roadway, armed with a revolver,” Simpson said in a press release. “He was detained without incident.”

Deputies also located the second male, who was exiting a cornfield. He had been shot in the face and arms, according to Simpson.

Simpson reported, the preliminary investigation determined the victim in the shooting, a 52-year-old man from Camden, had located a male subject driving in the area who was the subject of a civil protection order.

“The protected person was a known acquaintance to both the victim and the male who was driving in the area,” Simpson said. “The shooting victim was following the male subject until both stopped their vehicles in the 1100 block of Swann Beatty Road. It was there that an altercation occurred and the victim was shot with one round from a .410 caliber revolver.”

The victim was transported to Ft. Hamilton Hospital by Camden Emergency Medical Squad, and was later transferred to Kettering Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Simpson.

Deputies arrested William L. Cruze, 49, of Middletown. He was housed in the Preble County Jail on preliminary charges of felonious assault, a second degree felony, and having weapons under disability, a thirddegree felony.

Due to the civil protection order that is in force, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or dangerous ordinance, according to officials.

According to Simpson, the investigation was to be sent to the Preble County Prosecutor’s Office for review on Monday, Oct. 3.


By Eddie Mowen Jr.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.

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