According to Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning, Dustin Lennex, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene by Gallia County Coroner Dr. Daniel Whiteley, and Robert S. Comer, 18, was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies for questioning. Browning said Comer is now facing a charge of murder.
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence at 1531 Shaffer Road near Thurman after a shooting was reported at that location. When deputies arrived on scene, they reportedly discovered that three men had been shot.
The incident was said to have stemmed from a dispute between neighbors, apparently beginning with an argument between Comer and Lennex’s brother over a female that led to a physical altercation and eventually escalated to gun play. Lennex was reportedly shot with a 20 gauge shotgun on the porch of the Shaffer Road residence.
The two other shooting victims suffered minor injuries; their names have not been released.
Officers from the Jackson County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office, Oak Hill (Ohio) Police Department and Rio Grande (Ohio) Police Department also responded Tuesday. Sheriff’s detectives and agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation worked to process the crime scene and conduct witness interviews through Wednesday.