A Home Intruder’s Death Marks First Homicide in Over 20 Years in Centerville, OH


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Joseph Gibson, 36, of Dayton, forced his way into a Centerville, Ohio residence at 5 a.m. last Thursday. The residents of the home, a couple with two children, didn’t appreciate the violent and tumultuous intrusion, so the homeowner punched Mr. Gibson’s ticket.

Gibson’s death ranked as the first homicide in 20-plus years in the sleepy Dayton suburb.  In addition to finding Mr. G’s lifeless body just inside the front door, cops also found a woman semi-conscious in the front yard (she hadn’t been shot). They’re speculating she was Gibson’s girlfriend.

From WHIO . . .

Joseph Gibson, 36, of Dayton, was identified Thursday afternoon as the person who had died in the shooting, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Officers were dispatched to the 9700 block of Sheehan Road shortly before 5 a.m. after a woman at the home reported that someone was attempting to break in, according to Centerville Public Information Officer John Davis…

Officers then located Gibson lying on the floor inside the front door with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Davis said officers also located a 40-year-old female lying face down in the front lawn unresponsive but breathing. She was taken by medics to a local hospital for treatment for matters unrelated to the shooting.

Increasingly, violent crime can happen even in small towns that haven’t had to deal with that kind of thing for decades. Don’t become complacent. Carry your gun every day.

Consider “home carry” in the sense that if you’ve got clothes on, you’ve got your gun on.  Because when seconds count, a gun in the safe is only a minute or two away. Meanwhile the local police are, well, who knows?

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