Shooting Investigation Continues

Police Chief Ed Laman said his department is continuing to investigate a Saturday shooting that left two men dead.

Laman said no charges have been filed in the case.

Wintersville Police received a telephone call at 4:25 a.m. Saturday regarding two men arguing at a residence at 425 Eisenhower Road.

“Officers found two male victims with gunshot wounds,” Laman said. “The Wintersville Emergency Squad responded to the scene, as well as Jefferson County Coroner Dr. Michael Scarpone, who pronounced both men dead at the scene.”

Laman identified the two shooting victims as 33-year-old Michael Shepherd of 425 Eisenhower Road and 70-year-old John Bowers of Evergreen Terrace in Wintersville.

The bodies were transported to the Cuyahoga County coroner’s department for autopsies.

A report at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, which also responded to the shooting scene Saturday morning, identified Bowers as Shepherd’s father-in-law who was staying at the Shepherd house Friday night.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said she received a telephone call from Laman early Saturday morning but has not yet seen a report regarding the fatal shootings.

Hanlin said the Ohio Bureau of Investigation is assisting Wintersville police with the investigation.