Self-de­fense cited in fa­tal shoot­ing

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Jim Woods [email protected]­ @Wood­snight

The woman call­ing a 911 dis­patcher with the Scioto County sher­iff’s of­fice Thurs­day af­ter­noon said she had shot a man as he tried to break into her Blue Creek-area home.

When deputies ar­rived at the home in the 3700 block of Mack­le­tree Road, they found Michael Bashaw, 34, of West Portsmouth, in the back­yard dead from a gun­shot wound to the chest. Blue Creek is about 15 miles north­west of Portsmouth.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion found a prior con­nec­tion be­tween Bashaw and the fe­male res­i­dent. Bashaw was con­victed in Portsmouth Mu­nic­i­pal Court in March 2018 of do­mes­tic threat, a mis­de­meanor charge, the sher­iff’s of­fice said.

In ad­di­tion, from July through Septem­ber, a civil pro­tec­tion or­der is­sued by a Scioto County judge had barred Bashaw from hav­ing con­tact with the woman.

The sher­iff’s of­fice said it con­sid­ers the fa­tal shoot­ing a case of self-de­fense, but the county pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice will make the fi­nal de­ter­mi­na­tion.

The Mont­gomery County coro­ner’s of­fice is to per­form an au­topsy.

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