The Portsmouth Police Department has identified the man who was shot to death in the early morning hours Tuesday morning as 19-year-old Austin Valentine, of 1523 1/2 Summit Street in Portsmouth. Valentine had recently moved into the Summit Street address from Dayton, Ohio.
On Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at about 3:47 a.m. officers of the Portsmouth Police Department responded to a “shots fired” call in the area of Grant and Summit Streets. While officers were searching the area, someone dropped Ryan Harris, 41, of Portsmouth, off at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Harris was suffering from five confirmed gunshot wounds.
Portsmouth Police Operations Captain Lynn Brewer said a couple of the officers left the search and responded to SOMC to talk with Harris. However, Brewer said Harris refused to cooperate with police on any information about how he got shot or who had shot him.
Officers who remained at the scene said they located an open door on an upstairs apartment at 1523 Summit Street.
“Finding an open door at that time of morning appeared suspicious and officers investigated,” Brewer said. “Upon approaching the door, officers observed blood spatter on the door and on the floor inside the apartment. Officers entered the apartment to check on the welfare of anyone that may be inside and discovered Valentine, lying in the floor in a pool of blood.”
He said EMT’s responded to the scene and confirmed that Valentine was deceased.
An autopsy was performed on Valentine Wednesday and it was there identity was confirmed. Brewer said it was also confirmed that he had died from gunshot wounds.
Brewer went on to say the investigation to this point is leading officers to believe that the two shootings are related but a motive has yet to be established.
Valentines family has been notified and arrangements are pending.
Brewer said the investigation is continuing and anyone who may have information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Portsmouth Police Detective Division at 740-354-1600 or the 911 dispatch center at the non emergency line 740-353-4101.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.