Paulding County, Ohio (8-14-22) —On Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 7:47 a.m., deputies were dispatched to 14238 RD 232, Cecil, Ohio, for a trespassing complaint. After deputies arrived on scene, they learned the trespasser, an adult male, was shot by the property owner.

Early stages of the investigation indicate Kurtis P. Puckett (28) was trespassing on the property of Judd C. Spencer (52). During a verbal confrontation Puckett attacked and assaulted James G. Weaver (37), a friend of Spencer. As Spencer attempted to stop the assault, he gave Puckett multiple orders to stop. Puckett then turned toward Spencer and went at him in an aggressive manner. Spencer reported to investigators he told the man to stop or he would shoot him. Puckett continue toward Spencer, and while retreating Spencer fired one shot into Puckett’s hip area stopping the attack.

Puckett was flown to a Fort Wayne Hospital where he was treated and eventually released. Paulding EMS and Fire Department assisted deputies at the scene.

Paulding County Sheriff Jason K. Landers

“Investigator’s believe Mr. Puckett was under the influence of illegal drugs. The property owner and his friend were presented with a stranger acting erratically and the man eventually became violent by physically assaulting someone. I don’t want to see people being shot, but I wholeheartedly believe people have a right to protect themselves and their property, and in this case, it appears to be a justified self defense situation. My investigator’s will continue to process the evidence in this case and work with the Prosecutor to determine if any further criminal charges are warranted.”

At the time of this release, an arrest warrant for Puckett was being obtained for misdemeanor levels of assault and trespassing, however, he has not been arrested.

The investigation is ongoing, however no other information is expected to be released at this time.