(10-9-17)  Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a suicide that occurred today in Chickasaw, Ohio.  Sheriff Grey advised that his office received a call at 10:49 AM from a male, who advised that an acquaintance of his had threatened suicide via social media.

The male caller indicated that the victim had taken some sort of pills in his attempt to overdose.  The deceased is 22 year old Stephen J Arling of Chickasaw, Ohio.

Deputies responded to an address in Chickasaw, where they found the victim inside the residence.  As deputies entered the residence the male committed suicide by means of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the victim was transported to Mercer Health in Coldwater by the St. Henry EMS; where he was pronounced deceased.

Mercer County Sheriff’s Office detectives were called to the scene for the investigation.

This case remains under investigation at this time.