HEATH, Ohio (WCMH) — For the second time this week, a man comes into a house in central Ohio and opens fire, this time it’s in Heath in Licking county east of Columbus.
The family was preparing a Thanksgiving dinner and then late that afternoon, a man the homeowner knew showed up at the house with a gun and killed him, and then killed himself, either accidentally or committed suicide.
This happened on Rosemary Lane, at the end of a subdivision street. The rest of the victim’s family watched it all happen.
Police say Charles Richard Newman, who went by Rick, answered the door at his home and Milton Jarvis came in at about 4 p.m. Thursday.
The two knew each other, but the sheriff says he’s not sure how they knew each other.
They began arguing.
“There was some type of struggle,” said Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp. “A firearm was involved, and both died from gunshot wounds, we only found one weapon.”
It’s not clear if Jarvis, who deputies say pulled the gun, then committed suicide or accidentally shot himself. One handgun was recovered at the home.
Eddie Stacks, a brother in law of victim Rick Newman, has learned from Newman’s son what had happened.
“Then he told us that a guy came to the house, shot his dad, and then shot himself and that is basically all we know,” said Stacks.
No one else was involved in the shooting, but there were other people in the home: a family, all gathered together for a Thanksgiving dinner.
“We couldn’t believe it because we was having thanksgiving dinner you know when we got the call. He was just a good guy, he was just an all around good guy, he would help anybody that needed anything, he would try to help them with whatever he could help them with you know.”
This is the first homicide in Heath this year, Thorp said.
Earlier this week, three people were killed in Columbus when a neighbor came into their house and shot a father, a mother, and a young son.