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Police identify Miami Twp. man shot to death in his Pinebluff Drive home

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MIAMI TWP., Ohio - Police have identified the 65-year-old Miami Twp. man shot to death in his home early Tuesday as Paul Leiter.

Miami Twp. Assistant Chief Sue Madsen said a call about a shooting came from the home of Leiter of Pinebluff Drive around 6:02 a.m.

Ann Abele, Leiter's wife, placed the call to 911, police said. Abele reported gun shots were fired into the home, located in a quiet residential neighborhood.

"He's dead, I mean, he's dead... Oh my God, this is so gruesome," said Abele in part during the 911 call.

Abele reported that she found Leiter shot to death, but didn't think the shooting had just happened.

"Oh my God, I even know when this happened. It was at 8:07 last night because I had gone to be and I heard like for, 'Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang!' I just thought he was in the basement working and banging on the pipes or something," said Abele to dispatch.

During the call, Abele told the dispatcher she maybe could have helped her husband if she knew he had been shot. She said she last saw Leiter alive before she went to bed. She told police he often had trouble sleeping and would often get up in the middle of the night.

"Somebody was, shooting in the backyard or something, I mean because I have not touched the blind, I have not opened it, but I can tell there's two shots coming from, or maybe ore, maybe five."

"I don't think the neighbors have anything to be concerned about," Miami Twp. Police Chief Steve Bailey said. "The woman was very distinct in her report to 911 dispatch about a timeline and based on that time line, if there is a shooter from outside the house that shooter is long gone."

Bailey went on to add investigators are not completely sure where the shots were fired from.

"I don't know that shots were fired outside the house that's what we were told by the person who reported this," Bailey said.

Detectives obtained a warrant to enter the home to gathering information as a precaution to insure all evidence was admissible in court, Miami Twp. Police officers on scene said.

Miami Twp. police do not have a suspect at this time. The department is being assisted by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Clark Marion, a neighbor of Leiter's described him as a very nice neighbor and a "churchgoing man."

9 On Your Side will have more details when they become available.


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