Saturday, January 25, 2003

Man shot in apparent break-in

By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

A Golf Manor man was shot and killed Friday morning after he and another man apparently tried to break into a Walnut Hills townhouse, Cincinnati police said.

Michael Harris, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The shooting may have been the result of an attempted home invasion robbery where the occupant ... was defending himself," Cincinnati Police Lt. Kurt Byrd said. No charges have been filed.

District 4 officers and firefighters responded to the townhome at 955 Auburn View Drive about 8:19 a.m.

Mr. Harris was found inside the townhome, Lt. Byrd said. He was armed with a weapon , which was recovered. Police would not say what kind of weapon it was.

The occupant of the residence was identified as Corey Simley, 29.

"He was defending himself," Lt. Byrd said. "He gave an indication that they apparently forced their way into his residence as he was leaving."

No other details of the shooting were released.

Police are looking for an accomplice. That man is black, was dressed in all-black clothing and was last seen running toward Sinton Avenue.

Mr. Harris was Cincinnati's fourth homicide of the year.

The neighborhood is just off of Gilbert Avenue near Eden Park.

Gina Walton, who lives across the street from the complex, was stunned to find yellow police tape when she came home for lunch shortly after noon.

"Nothing ever happens like this," Ms. Walton said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the criminal investigations section at 352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.


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