Highland County authorities have questioned the man suspected of killing two people and injuring another in a deadly Fourth of July shooting spree, and he is set to appear in court Friday afternoon, according to Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera.
Jeffrey Ryan Holsinger, 31, was booked into the Highland County jail Wednesday evening after being held in Franklin County, where he was captured late Tuesday night following a manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies.
Holsinger is the son of Jeffrey Calhoun, the 56-year-old Greenfield man who was killed in a freak accident June 28 when a wheel came off a homemade trailer and flew through the windshield of a car in which he was a passenger. Calhoun’s visitation and cremation were held July 3, the day before the shooting spree. Holsinger is listed among Calhoun’s survivors in his obituary.
At the Justice Center on Wednesday, Holsinger was photographed and fingerprinted. The booking entry lists his height at 6’2 and weight at 170.
Holsinger’s arrest came after a man was found shot to death in a bathroom in a home at Higginsville near Greenfield Tuesday, along with two other shootings in Ross County, one of which was also fatal.
Barrera said Highland County Sheriff’s Detective Randy Sanders and detectives from Ross County questioned Holsinger Wednesday evening, and although Barrera was hesitant to release details since the case is under investigation, he said the line of questioning in Holsinger’s interviews centered around a possible motive.
“I’m sure that’s probably what was brought up,” Barrera told The Times-Gazette.
Holsinger is slated to appear in Hillsboro Municipal Court at the Highland County Justice Center Friday at 1 p.m., and Barrera said Judge Robert Judkins of Highland County Court in Greenfield will preside as visiting judge.
Holsinger is currently charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, although Barrera said he expects further charges to be filed as Sanders and Highland County Prosecuting Attorney Anneka Collins build a case.
Holsinger’s most recent place of residence appears uncertain. A 2006 Hillsboro Municipal Court record listed his address as LaFayette Street in Greenfield.
The individual shot dead near Greenfield was identified as Steven Mottie, Jr., according to Dr. Jeff Beery, the Highland County coroner. Beery said Mottie suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. Beery said Mottie has a Jefferson Street address as his listed residence.
Mottie’s remains were transferred to the Mongtomery County coroner’s office for an autopsy, said Beery.
An individual who was struck on the head with a pistol was the gunshot victim’s father, Barrera said Wednesday. Barrera said that in addition to other charges that will be filed, Holsinger is charged with aggravated robbery connected to the assault on the victim’s father.
Less than an hour after Highland County officials received the first report, Ross County officials received a call of a shooting.
In a press release, Ross County Sheriff George Lavender said that his office received a call around 2:59 p.m. of a shooting in the 8000 block of Rapid Forge Road. The victim, identified Wednesday as Jesse Lytle, 23, was taken to the Greenfield Medical Center. Barrera said the victim was later transferred to Columbus by medical helicopter.
At approximately 7:47 p.m., Ross County sheriff deputies received another call of a shooting in the 400 block of Browns Chapel Road, resulting in the death of the victim, identified Wednesday as Paul Robertson, 79, Clarksburg. Witnesses again identified Holsinger as the shooter.
A hearing was held for Holsinger early Wednesday afternoon in Franklin County, after which he was ordered transferred to Highland County.
During part of his alleged shooting spree, Holsinger was accompanied by a woman, who may have been with him voluntarily at first, but who later escaped him, said Barrera. Barrera said he hoped to interview her as well.
According to online incarceration records, Holsinger was booked into the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in January 2010 for receiving stolen property. He was booked again in April 2010 for aggravated robbery. In August 2010, Holsinger was charged with a third degree felony charge of escape.
Holsinger was released in August of last year, according to records. He was on five years’ post-release supervision.
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