PDT Staff Writer
The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office has released the 911 call from the shooting on July 12, that claimed the life of 33-year-old Steve Holsinger.
Robert Staker and his son Tyler Staker, 22, had gone to the Holsinger residence on Old Gallia Pike in Wheelersburg for the purpose of repossessing a piece of equipment they say Holsinger had not fully paid for. According to the Sheriff’s report — an argument ensued, Holsinger pointed a gun in Tyler Staker’s face and told the two they had three seconds to get off his property. That is when, according to the Sheriff’s report, Tyler Staker pulled a gun and shot Holsinger several times, killing him.
Now, the 911 call brings the situation into real-time with the chaos that followed the shooting. The call was received at 10:21 p.m. on Thursday, July 12.
(call opens with yelling on the originating end of the line)
(911 dispatcher) “911”
(Robert Staker) “We’ve got a gunshot up here.”
(911 dispatcher) “Where?”
(Robert Staker) “Uh, what’s the address here?” (yelling louder) “What’s the address?”
(woman continues to cry in the background)
(911 dispatcher) “What’s the address sir?”
(Robert Staker) “I don’t know what it is.” (yelling) “What’s the address here?”
(911 dispatcher) “Are you in town? Are you in the county, or what?”
(Robert Staker) “Wheelersburg, out on Hayport Road, out here on (pause)
(man’s voice) “Nine five five zero.”
(Robert Staker) “Nine five five zero. What’s the road?”
(woman’s voice) “Gallia Pike.”
(Robert Staker) “Gallia Pike.”
(911 dispatcher) “Okay, what happened?”
(Robert Staker) “Uh, Steve, uh, Holsinger, we’re at his house to do a repossession, and he come out and threatened us with a gun, and pulled it up on my son and said, ‘you’ve got three seconds to get out of here or I’m going to shoot you.’ And he pointed it at my son and he shot him.”
(911 dispatcher) “Shot him? He shot your son?”
(Robert Staker) “He pulled the gun up on my son and my son pulled the gun on him. We’ve got a concealed carry.”
(911 dispatcher) “Okay, so has somebody been shot or …”
(Robert Staker) (interrupting) “Yeah, there’s a man shot here.”
(911 dispatcher) “Who? Him, the other guy, or your son?”
(Robert Staker) “Steve Holsinger’s shot.”
(911 dispatcher) “Okay. Where is he shot? Is he down on the ground?”
(Robert Staker) “Yeah he’s down on the ground.”
(911 dispatcher) “Okay, what’s your name?”
(Robert Staker) “Uh, Bob Staker.”
(911 dispatcher) “Okay, 9550 Gallia Pike, alright, we’ll get somebody down there.”
(Robert Staker) “Thank you.”
(911 dispatcher) “Seventy-three seventy.”
Holsinger was dead, and the investigation into the shooting began. Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn began the process of sifting through the evidence and doing interviews to put together a case to take to the Scioto County grand jury.
Kuhn indicated that in most homicide cases he prefers to wait on the full autopsy to make sure he is able to take all evidence to grand jury if the case goes before the grand jury.
“There’s some things, even though we’re going to know what the cause of death is in this kind of case, there are some things that are going to tell us things as far as distance of the gun from the body, and orientation of the entry wound, the direction that the bullet was traveling,” Kuhn said. “Some of that is open to interpretation too.”
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at email@example.com