Argument leads to one shot, another arrested

William Crusea was arrested Friday after a shooting in Camden, Ohio. (Photo: Preble County Sheriff's Office)
William Crusea was arrested Friday after a shooting in Camden, Ohio. (Photo: Preble County Sheriff's Office)

CAMDEN, Ohio (WDTN) – The Preble County Sheriff’s Office arrested one man after they say an argument led to a shooting Friday.

Investigators say a man was shot in the face and arms after he and another man were arguing in the 1100 block of Swann Beatty Road just after 6:00 Friday evening.

According to the Preble County Sheriff’s Office, William Cruz, 49 of Middletown, was arrested after deputies found him in the road holding a revolver.

Investigators say the shooting victim, a 52-year-old Camden man, found Cruze driving around the area and they say Cruze is the subject of a protection order. The person that was being protected by the order is known to both Cruze and the victim.

The victim, who was not named, followed Cruze until they both stopped on Swann Beatty Road. An argument ensued and the victim was shot with one round from a .410 caliber revolver, investigators say.

When deputies arrived on the scene they found Cruze standing in the road with the revolver and found the victim walking out of a cornfield with gunshot wounds to his arms and face. The victim was first taken to Ft. Hamilton Hospital then transferred to Kettering Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Cruze was arrested without incident and taken to the Preble County Jail. He has preliminary charges or felonious assault and having weapons under disability.

The investigation will be presented to the Preble County Prosecutor’s Office Monday. 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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