Sheriff: Homeowner kills armed suspect during confrontation in Licking County

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ST. LOUISVILLE, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Authorities are investigating a deadly shooting in Licking County, reportedly between an armed suspect and a homeowner.

Deputies were dispatched to the 9100 block of Graceland Lane Road NE for a reported shooting at 5:17 a.m. Upon arriving to the scene, deputies found the body of Samuel D. Beskid II, a 27-year-old from Cumberland. Officials said he died after multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators said Beskid reportedly confronted the homeowner, 37-year-old Donnie Gayheart, and his girlfriend with a gun and flashlight as the couple was lying in bed. According to witnesses, an altercation ensued resulting in Beskid being shot and killed.

An autopsy will be conducted by the Licking County Sheriff's Office.

No arrests have been made in the case.

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