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Ohio man fatally wounded while shoveling snow

Published: Thu, February 11, 2010 @ 6:18 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Robbery was the likely motive in the fatal shooting of a volunteer minister whose wife initially believed he had died of a heart attack while shoveling snow outside their Ohio home, police said today.

Billy Howard, 55, died of a gunshot wound to the chest, and the death has been ruled a homicide, said Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak.

Howard died Tuesday night at a hospital after his wife called 911, assuming he had suffered a heart attack while clearing snow in the working-class neighborhood on Columbus’ southeast side.

“It is beyond sad,” said neighbor Karl Thomson. “It’s just senseless.”


1pci510(105 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Sad time for the lady whose husband has been taken from the earth. Our hearts and prayers go out to her and family. Not sure why they said that officers were to protect and serve. If they did protect this type of evil would not happen and serving is just another word for showing up to try and find out what happened but hardly ever try to find who did what.
Waste of taxpayers money to those whom have lost family members in this country and who still do not have any info of who, what or why. Posted by Jamie

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2Drepster(13 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Yeah I wonder if the Columbus criminals have a spin zone like ours. Surely this guy must've accidentally threw up the wrong gang sign or something that calls for lethal action.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

He may have raised his snow shovel in an ugly manner and tried to defend himself .

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4Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Such low life animals.

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