(9-12-20) Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach announced that deputies are investigating a shooting that occurred Saturday morning after his Office received a 9-1-1 call at 12:57am advising someone had been shot at a residence in Venedocia. When deputies arrived they found a male subject in the yard beside the home, who had been shot.
The male was unconscious and not breathing. People at the scene were performing CPR on the subject. Deputies then continued to perform CPR until EMS arrived. Van Wert EMS transported the subject to St. Rita’s Medical Center, where the subject was pronounced dead. The victim is George McLaurine (19) of Lima, Ohio.
Sheriff Riggenbach stated the investigation, including consultation with the County Prosecutor’s Office has led to the arrest of Trey M. Jones (23) of Spencerville. Jones is charged with 1 count of Reckless Homicide, a Felony of the 3rd Degree.
Jones was transported to the Van Wert County Correctional Facility where he is being held pending an arraignment in Van Wert Municipal Court. Sheriff Riggenbach said the incident remains under investigation and additional charges could be presented to a Grand Jury at a later date.