UPDATE: Woman fatally shot man in self-defense, Gallia County authorities say

Published: Apr. 12, 2019 at 7:44 PM EDT
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UPDATE: 7/3/19 5:45 P.M.

A woman who fatally shot a man in Gallia County during a home invasion in April acted in self-defense and will not be charged, authorities said in news release on Wednesday.

Keith Coon, 51, of Jackson, Ohio, was shot to death on April 12 inside a residence on East Bethel Church Road.

In the joint news release, Sheriff Matt Champlin and Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holdren said authorities' investigation found no connection between Coon, the woman and the residence where the shooting occurred. It was also determined that Coon was under the influence of amphetamines and methamphetamine.

"After a thorough review of the investigation, my office will not be pursing any charges in this matter," Holdren said. "It is abundantly clear that the victim acted in self-defense and Mr. Coon gave her no other alternative."

According to the news release, authorities obtained home-security video showing Coon entering the woman's home wearing only boxer shorts and tennis shoes. After a brief confrontation with Coon, authorities said the woman went into a bedroom and retrieved a firearm.

After triggering a home-security system that alerted authorities, the news release said the woman found Coon in a common area of the residence and shot him twice when he "wielded a pair of kitchen shears over his head in an aggressive manner."

UPDATE: 04/13/19

The name of the man Gallia County deputies found shot to death has been released.

Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin says Keith A. Coon, 51, from Jackson, Ohio, was found at a home on East Bethel Church Road just before 9:45 a.m. Friday.

No other details have been released, including whether or not someone will face charges.

Champlin did add that there is no further danger to the community from this incident.


The Gallia County Sheriff says a dead body is found in Springfield Township Friday morning.

The sheriff says at 9:43 a.m., the sheriff's office responded to a residence on East Bethel Church Road. It was about a shooting that had happened there.

Officers have confirmed one person is dead. Investigators are still looking at the scene to try to piece together what happened.

The name of the person is not being released until family is notified.

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