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Ohio Self-Defense: UPDATE: Deputies believe shooting in Elkrun Township was self-defense, no charges expected :: 12/20/2022

McLaughlin says his office and the coroner are still investigating. Columbiana County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting that stemmed from a domestic violence incident in Elkrun Township.

According to a media release from Sheriff Brian McLaughlin, dispatchers got a call just before midnight Saturday about a shooting on the 44000 block of Bell Road.

Deputies found the body of a dead man near the roadway.

The Sheriff says deputies found that the man, later identified as Robert Harris, and a woman were arguing in a Jeep when another man drove up in a truck to pick up the woman. 

Deputies say the man who showed up had a two-year-old child with him and that he put the child in the house with his wife before attempting to leave and take the woman back home.

The Sheriff says the Jeep began ramming the pickup truck until it was run off the road into a wooded area, and both men pulled guns and exchanged gunfire.

Deputies say Harris fired shots first, with the passerby returning fire, hitting Harris in the torso multiple times, killing him. The driver of the pickup truck wasn't injured.

At this time, deputies say no charges are expected to be filed against the passerby due to the act being viewed as self-defense. The passerby tells 21 News he is praying for everyone involved and is happy the child was not hurt.

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