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Dispatchers Could Hear Yelling On A 911 Call. By The Time Police Arrived, A 73-year-old Was Dead.

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Source: Brown County Sheriff's Office; MEGA

Apr. 1 2022, Published 9:06 a.m. ET

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Dispatchers could hear screaming in the background of a 911 call. But, by the time police arrived, a 73-year-old man was dead, and his nephew was accused of murder.

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Around 7 p.m. on March 30, dispatchers in Brown County, Ohio, received a call where they could hear screaming in the background, but no specific information was given. Deputies from the Brown County Sheriff’s office then responded.

When they arrived at a camper, they found Jay Smith had been shot, according to the sheriff’s office. He had multiple wounds to the chest and abdomen.

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A witness told a deputy that a suspect, Sherman Smith IV, had shot Jay Smith.

Deputies found Sherman Smith and arrested him.


First responders took Jay Smith to the hospital, but he died on the way, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Investigators spoke to Sherman Smith and he admitted to shooing Jay Smith, according to the sheriff’s office. Sherman Smith was also accused of shooting at another relative but missed.

Deputies charged Sherman Smith with aggravated murder and attempted murder. Authorities say additional charges may be filed.


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