One arrested in shooting

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -



EATON — A Preble County man was arrested last week for his role in a shooting which left an Eaton resident with non-life threatening injuries.

According to Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson, deputies responded to a reported shooting at 1:56 a.m. Friday morning at 6870 School Lane Road, east of New Paris. The original report indicated “a male subject had been shot at the residence and a female had possibly been shot as well.”

“Deputies arrived within minutes and determined that only a male subject had been shot and the victim was now in a vehicle parked down the road from the residence where the incident occurred,” Simpson reported.

The preliminary investigation indicated four people were at the residence, one of whom resides there. A fifth person, who was identified as the shooter, arrived at the residence and an altercation/argument argument ensued, according to Simpson.

Deputies believe the argument centered on drug usage in the residence.

During the argument, Simpson reported, the suspect produced a .22 caliber revolver and shot the victim one time in the left leg.

The victim, Brett Taylor, 22, of Eaton, was transported to Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond by Northwest EMS with non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies arrested Michael R. McKinzie II, 26, a resident of the School Lane Road address and housed him in the Preble County Jail on preliminary charges including: felonious assault, a second-degree felony and having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony.

According to Simpson, the case was to be submitted to the Preble County Prosecutor’s Office for review on Friday, Nov. 18.

Officers with the New Paris Police Department assisted deputies at the scene, according to Simpson.


By Eddie Mowen Jr.

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

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