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WHEELERSBURG — Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said one man is dead following a shooting that occurred Thursday night on Old Gallia Pike in Wheelersburg.

According to information released Friday morning, a 911 call was received at 10:21 p.m., “the caller stated that his son had been involved in a shooting at this location,” Donini said. When deputies and detectives responded to the call, he said, they found Steve Holsinger, age 33, of 9550 Old Gallia Pike, Wheelersburg, lying deceased in the yard.

Donini said Holsinger died from a gunshot wound. The shooter has been identified as Tyler Staker, age 22, of Portsmouth.

Donini stated during this investigation his detectives learned that Staker and his father had responded to the location of the shooting to repossess a piece of equipment that was purchased from their business that was not paid in full.

According to Donini, detectives determined that Staker and his father had been at the location for more than an hour knocking on the door in attempts to retrieve the equipment.

Donini said that Holsinger came out onto the porch at approximately 10:20 p.m. with a gun in his hand and very upset. A witness told detectives that he did put the gun into his pocket for a short time, then got upset and pulled out the gun telling Staker and his father that they had three seconds to get off his property, then Holsinger raised the weapon pointing it at the younger Staker’s face.

At this time is when Tyler reportedly shot the deceased several times, Donini said. Holsinger’s body was sent to the Montgomery County Morgue for an autopsy, and evidence is being sent to BCI&I in London, Ohio.

Staker has not been arrested at this time, Donini said, but a case is being forwarded to the Scioto County Grand Jury for consideration. He asks anyone with more information about this case to contact Det. Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091.

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 208, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com.

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