Deceased identified as Mason County man in Gallia death investigation

Staff Report

GALLIA COUNTY — Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin reports the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, is jointly conducting a death investigation that reportedly occurred on U.S. 35 in Gallia County at approximately 9:08 a.m. on Jan. 19. The deceased has been identified as Raymond Spears, 21, of Letart, W.Va. in Mason County.

On Saturday, Champlin stated Gallia County 911 dispatchers received a call from a female stating that an occupant in the vehicle she was riding in had been shot. Officers from both the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Upon arrival, officers located a male with reported gunshot wounds and they began immediate medical treatment. The male was subsequently transported to Holzer Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Also on Saturday, Champlin further advised that two individuals have been detained at this time and that there is no risk or threat to the public as of a result of the incident.

Monday afternoon, Champlin released an update on the investigation with the following statement:

“The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office received a call just after 9 a.m. on Saturday morning regarding a male who had been shot inside of a vehicle on U.S. 35 near the roadside rest. When officers arrived on the scene, they located Mr. Spears who had been shot multiple times. Mr. Spears was transported to Holzer Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. Two individuals were detained at the scene as a part of the investigation and this investigation is still ongoing. As a part of this investigation, we have learned that prior to this incident occurring, the parties may have been in Mason County, West Virginia. Additionally, our investigation has led us to believe that one of the occupants of the vehicle may have discharged multiple rounds from a firearm while in Mason County. We are following up on this information and working with Sheriff Greg Powers and the Mason County Sheriff’s Department with regards to this information. We are asking that if anyone in Mason County heard or observed anything consistent with this information, please contact the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office at 740-446-1221 or via our tip line at 740-446-6555.”

Staff Report