Man indicted for attempted murder

By Frank Lewis - [email protected]

PORTSMOUTH — A Portsmouth man has been indicted in a double shooting incident over an alleged argument about a dog.

Richard A. Ockerman, 53, of 208 Pershing Avenue in Highland Bend, is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault and one count of improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation or a school safety zone.

A call to the 911 center on January 8, 2016 at 8:14 p.m., reported a shooting at 208 Pershing Avenue in Portsmouth, Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said.

“Ockerman was actually one of them who called 911,” Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn said. “He indicated he had shot two people, which was his mother’s live-in boyfriend and his mother.”

Deputies, along with EMS and detectives, responded to that location, Donini said.

Upon arrival deputies were able to locate a possible suspect and detain him, along with a loaded firearm, Donini said.

Two victims, identified as John LeMaster, 58, and Mary Ockerman, 76, both also of 208 Pershing Avenue in Portsmouth, were transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center to be treated and later transferred to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Huntington. Both victims are listed in stable condition, according to officials.

“During this investigation, information was obtained that the Ockerman and LeMaster were arguing over a dog stinking up the house that resulted in LeMaster being shot and Ockerman being hit with stray buckshot during the shooting,” Donini said.

I expect that either late this (Friday) afternoon, or some time early next week, the case will be set for an arraignment,” Kuhn said. “We’ll have a pretrial after that. Right now our records indicate Judge (Howard H.) Harcha has been assigned that case.”

By Frank Lewis

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Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.