Monday, November 13, 2000

Nephew has court date in killing

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GOSHEN TOWNSHIP — Dustin Boeddeker will be arraigned today, after he tearfully called 911 and said he shot his uncle with a shotgun as the man stood on the driveway at their home.

        Mr. Boeddeker, 21, said the Friday shooting of Thomas Hagenschneider, 49, was accidental and was preceded by an attack in which his uncle tried to strangle him, according to a tape of the emergency call.

        Mr. Hagenschneider died of a single shot from a 12-gauge shotgun Friday night. Mr. Boeddeker remained in Clermont County Jail on Sunday and will be arraigned today in Clermont County Municipal Court.

        He is charged with one count of murder.

        “Who shot him?” the emergency dispatcher asked Mr. Boeddeker, who called 911 to get an
ambulance for his uncle.

        “I did,“ he responded, then paused. “It was an accident, I didn't mean to. Me and him got in a fight and he tried to kill me by grabbing my throat and stuff. He said "We'll see' and said he would kill me.”

        Mr. Boeddeker, of the 2200 block of Ohio 132, described how after the initial confrontation, his uncle went to retrieve something from the car, and that Mr. Boeddeker followed with a shotgun, firing one shot into the air.

        Then, he explained, he accidentally discharged the gun again as he lowered it. He said he was facing his uncle when the shot was fired but didn't know where in the body the man was struck.

        “I hit him and he screamed "Help me' and stuff ... and I ran back in the house,” he told the dispatcher. “Just get the life squad here.”

        Moments later, as he cried, Mr. Boeddeker told a neighbor who came to the house, “I didn't mean to shoot him.”

        He also asked the neighbor whether there “even were marks still around my neck?”


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