Wednesday, May 02, 2001

Fatal shooting leads to charges

By Chris Mayhew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GREENWOOD, Ky. — Kentucky State Police are questioning the story of a Pendleton County man who claimed he shot at four men trying to break into his trailer last week.

        The shootout in this rural community of fewer than 50 residents left one man dead and another wounded.

        Justin Davis of Greenwood called police early Friday to report he had shot at four men trying to break into his trailer. Since then, police have charged Mr. Davis, 24, with one count of marijuana trafficking and four counts of cruelty to animals.

        An investigation showed the incident wasn't a burglary gone bad, state police Detective Steve Auvenshine said.

        The cruelty to animals charges stem from evidence that Mr. Davis was raising dogs at his home to fight and was holding dog fights, the detective said.

        The shooting took place at a trailer off of Portland-Greenwood Road, about six miles from Butler.

        Killed was Robert E. Gibson Jr., 23, of Mount Carmel. The injured man, Pat O'Brien, 47, of Newport, is in serious condition at University Hospital.

        Police have not released the names of the other two men.

        “We have ID'd all the people who were there and either have or are in the process of questioning them,” Detective Auvenshine said.

        Jim Hannah contributed.


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