911 call: Man admits to shooting grandson



PAULDING COUNTY, Ohio (WANE) During a 911 call, William R. Miller II told an emergency dispatcher that he shot his grandson because the 19-year-old would not leave his home.

The Paulding County Sheriff’s Department released the full, 12-minute call between the 73-year-old Miller and a dispatcher. During the call, Miller tells the unidentified dispatcher matter-of-factly, “I just shot a little son of a (expletive) in my house.”

After the dispatcher asks for clarification, Miller says, “I told him to get the hell out of my house and he didn’t leave.” Miller later says he shot “my wife’s grandson” in the chest.

Miller tells the dispatcher he needs an ambulance. Crying and yelling can be heard in the background as a man groans.

Later in the call, Miller hands the phone to his wife, who herself hands it off to a granddaughter. Eventually, Miller reconnects with the dispatcher and says he’s sitting in the garage smoking a cigarette, waiting for police to arrive.

Deputies were called to Miller’s 15648 Township Road 1037 home around 9:38 p.m. Thursday. Responders arrived and found 19-year-old Evan A. Holcombe dead inside the home, shot in the chest. 

According to a probable cause affidavit, Miller admitted to an investigating deputy that he shot Holcombe in the chest after he fired a warning shot into the ceiling.

Miller’s granddaughter, Crystal J. Holcombe, told that deputy that she heard Miller and the grandson arguing, then heard two shots ring out, according to the affidavit.

Miller and Holcombe lived together at the home.

Miller was taken into custody and charged with murder. He’s expected to be arraigned May 21 in Paulding County Court.

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