Man Shot Dead over Lawnmower Repossession

Wheelersburg, OH – July 13, 2012 – One man is dead while another man was arrested over an altercation that occurred over the attempted repossession of a lawnmower last Thursday night. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies found the victim, 33-year-old Steve Holsinger, of Wheelersburg lying in the yard of his residence.

According to the sheriff’s department release, Tyler Staker, 22, of Portsmouth, and his father had gone to Holsinger’s residence to repossess a lawnmower that Holsinger bought from their store, Staker’s Sales and Service.

Police report that the father and son were at the residence for about an hour, knocking on doors in an effort to get Holsinger to return the lawnmower.

At approximately 10:20 p.m., Holsinger came out of his house with a gun in his hand and was acting very upset, according to the statement.

Witnesses told police that Holsinger had put the gun in his pocket for a time, then pulled the gun out and told Staker and his father they had three seconds to get off of his property until finally Holsinger raised the gun and pointed it at Staker’s face.

It was then that Staker reportedly drew his own gun and shot Holsinger several times.

There are conflicting reports on whether or not Staker was arrested, but authorities are still investigating and an autopsy is scheduled.

Holsinger was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

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