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A 26-year-old southwest Ohio man has been charged with murder after he was arrested in the shooting death of his neighbor, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office says in a news release that Austin Combs of Okeana is accused of shooting Anthony Lee King, 43, in the backyard of King’s home at about 11:45 a.m. Saturday. Combs is being held in jail on a $950,000 bond, the Journal News reports.
Family members called 911 after hearing shots and finding King unresponsive and bleeding in the back yard.
The family told the dispatcher neighbor had confronted him before about some perceived political affiliation.
“My neighbor just shot my dad,” a male tells dispatchers.
His father is in the backyard and he is not breathing, the son says.
The suspect, “just walked back on to his property,” he tells the dispatcher.
According to the son, the neighbor “has come over multiple times making statements. He’s insane.”
The caller’s mother is sobbing in the background and the dispatcher tells them to stay inside and keep the doors locked.
The victim’s wife then tells the dispatcher they were cutting grass and working in the yard when she came inside to let the dog out. That’s when she said she heard gunshots.
“I look in the backyard and that man is walking away from my husband and my husband is on the ground,” the woman says “He has come over like four times confronting my husband because he thought he was a Democrat, Why, why … Please, I don’t understand.”
The sheriff’s office released few details of the shooting and offered no motive. But WCPO Channel 9 reports the wife of the victim can be heard in a 911 call reporting the shooting that the shooting involved a political dispute between Combs and King.
“He’s come over like four times confronting my husband because he thought he was a Democrat,” the woman can be heard saying in the 911 call, according to WCPO. “Why? Why? Please, I don’t understand.”
The woman says in the call that she saw Combs walking away from her wounded husband after she heard the shots fired.
The Butler County coroner ruled King died of multiple gunshot wounds, the Journal News reports.