INDIAN CAMP — An autopsy has been ordered for a 45-year-old man who suffered a fatal gunshot wound at a Mt. Herman Road home in western Guernsey County early Friday morning.
The name of the victim is not being released pending the outcome of the autopsy as the incident could be a suicide. The autopsy is being conducted at the Dayton Coroner’s Office.
The victim’s ex-girlfriend reported the shooting to authorities at 1:42 a.m.
According to a dispatch log at the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office, the caller advised a dispatcher that the male shot himself with a handgun. She reported he was lying on the floor in the kitchen and had possibly stopped breathing.
Emergency responders from United Ambulance and the Liberty Community Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the Mt. Hermon Road home along with sheriff’s deputies.
The man was reportedly still breathing when medical personnel arrived and he was then transported to Southeastern Med in Cambridge where he was pronounced dead.
A sheriff’s detective reported the male and the 37-year-old female had just ended an eight-year relationship less than three months ago and the male, who lived in the Senecaville area, was inside the residence when the female arrived home.
The pair were reportedly engaged in an altercation for approximately an hour before the male suffered the gunshot wound as he prepared to leave the residence. The female reportedly told investigators that the victim was preparing to leave just before he shot himself.
The on-call detective was dispatched to the scene and authorities were still sifting through evidence and piecing things together early Friday afternoon.
A preliminary autopsy result could be available in several days, but the full autopsy report will take eight to 10 weeks.
The female reportedly lived at the home with her adult daughter.
The victim’s vehicle was towed from the scene to the sheriff’s office.
The incident remained under investigation by the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office.