Sheriff says shooting suspect has long criminal history

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Deputies say this isn’t the first run in with the law for a man who they believe shot his step father Sunday night.

Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly says Larry Osher has a long criminal history in California, but moved to Clark County after being released early from a 25 years to life sentence.

Kelly says Osher had been drinking and shot his step father at their East Possum Road home. Osher’s mother then ran next door to get help.

Deputies say Osher had access to 11 guns and they feared he would start a shootout with officers. After a brief standoff, he was taken into custody in the home’s garage with the help of a K-9 Unit.

“When the deputies went to take him into custody they believe he was giving some thought to having a shootout right there inside that house,” Kelly says.

The step father was taken by CareFlight to an area hospital for treatment. Kelly says he’s in serious condition. Osher had a leg injury but wouldn’t tell deputies how he got it.

Deputies say they dealt with Osher just days before the shooting after a domestic violence call at the home.

“No one wanted to pursue charges,” Kelly says. “He went to the garage to cool off. Everyone was okay with that.”

Kelly believes Osher should have never been released from prison.

“He should not have been let out,” Kelly says. “This is a great concern. Individuals like this who are career offenders are why you build prisons.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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