(6/07/2021) At approximately 5:15 a.m., officers from the Lima Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 1200 block of S. Union Street, in reference to an adult male being shot.  Upon their arrival, they located Tavares Clay (37) of Lima, who was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Before Clay was transported to Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center, Clay advised he was shot inside his residence at 1208 S. Union, just a couple of houses down, as George Pritchett (24) and Eddie Pritchett (25), both of Lima, were shooting at each other inside the house. 

As Clay was being secured in the ambulance, a call came in, in reference to a second victim, George Pritchett, showing up at a residence in the 400 block of E. Fourth Street, also suffering from a gunshot wound.  Officers responded to that location and George Pritchett was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital where he was undergoing surgery for his injuries. 

Once at St. Rita’s, Clay was taken to surgery where he was pronounced dead, as a result of the apparent gunshot wounds. 

Officers checked 1208 S. Union for more victims.  When the officers entered the residence, they located Eddie Pritchett, deceased on the floor.

Tavares Clay and Eddie Pritchett’s bodies were sent to the Lucas County Coroner’s office.  The incident is still under investigation. 

If you have any information about this incident please contact the Lima Police Department 419-227-4444, Crime Stoppers 419-229-STOP or Det. Steve Stechschulte 419-221-5181.