There is some scuttlebutt about this on twitter… I don’t know any of the names mentioned here or how they relate to a county prosecutor in Jefferson County, Ohio. Maybe some of the readers here do.
STEUBENVILLE – A Bloomingdale-area man was shot twice outside Unionport Wednesday evening in a case that is being investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.
County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said John Hartsouk, 36, was changing locks on a house he owns on county Road 39B around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Randy Ewing, 52, of county Road 39B drove past the house, and what happened after that is split into two different stories, Abdalla said.
Hartsouk was shot in the arm and the abdomen. The bullet to the stomach area went through his kidney and was lodged next to his spinal cord, Abdalla said. Hartsouk drove himself to the Unionport fire department. He was driven by the fire department to the county airport, where he was transported by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital.
Abdalla said he spent about three hours early today at the Pittsburgh hospital interviewing Hartsouk.
Hartsouk is claiming Ewing drove past the house and started yelling obscenities at Hartsouk, the sheriff said. Ewing then drove to his father-in-law’s house on county Road 39B, Abdalla said. Ewing and Rockwell Good, 72, the father-in-law, went back to the Hartsouk house, according to the sheriff.
Statements given by Ewing and Good and Hartsouk differed, Abdalla said.
Ewing and Good said Hartsouk came at them and assaulted Ewing and then went after Good, who fired the shots, Abdalla said.
Hartsouk is claiming Ewing and Good came at him,” Abdalla said.
No charges have been filed. Abdalla said he was in contact with county Prosecutor Jane Hanlin throughout the night.
“There are conflicting stories, but we will get to the bottom of this,” Abdalla said.