Sheriff: Batavia shooting had no serious injury

Posted at 4:01 PM, Oct 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-17 16:01:27-04

BATAVIA TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A shooting caused road closures and police activity on and around the intersection of state Route 32 and Olivebranch-Stonelick Road in Batavia Township on Friday evening, Clermont County deputies said.

Deputies said that 39-year-old Teva Highfield of Sardinia, Ohio, was the shooting victim, but she did not suffer serious injuries.

Highfield said the roadside dispute began when she was following a man, by car, who she believed stole a firearm from her home.

Highfield told deputies that she approached the man -- identified by police as Christopher D. Turner, 26, of Batavia, Ohio -- while he was stopped in his vehicle at the intersection of state Route 32 and Olivebranch-Stonelick Road.

Officials said that Turner and Highfield "engaged in a verbal dispute...over the ownership of the firearm" while Turner remained in his car.

"A struggle over the firearm ensued and one round was discharged, striking Highfield in the hand," Clermont County Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg said in a statement via email.

Highfield was shot in the hand during the exchange, according to Rodenberg. She walked into the emergency room of Clermont Mercy Hospital at around 6:44 p.m., when hospital officials contacted police about Highfield's injuries.

Highfield was transported by AirCare to University Hospital, Rodenberg said, but she suffered "non-life threatening injuries."

Deputies arrested and charged Turner with improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle -- a fourth degree felony -- and is set to appear in Clermont County court on Monday morning. Turner is being held at the Clermont County jail on a $50,000 bond.

Rodenberg said that the prosecutor's office will review the case for possible additional charges.