Chauncey Man Charged With Felonious Assault After Shooting

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A Chauncey man has been charged with felonious assault after a shooting incident Sunday in which the man was allegedly hired to kill another Chauncey resident. 

Joe Burch, 49, was arrested and booked in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail after deputies from the Athens County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting complaint on Plum Street at 3:29 a.m.

According to a news release from Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly, deputies Keith Tabler and Mike Burba arrived on scene and were told by the resident that he was involved in an altercation with Burch.

According to the release, Burch pointed a rifle at the resident and said he was at the residence because he was hired to kill him. Kelly told The Messenger that deputies are investigating the claim. From there, a physical altercation broke out between the two and the firearm discharged into the kitchen floor. Burch and the resident continued to fight until the altercation spilled from the home to the front yard.

Kelly said that although both Burch and the resident suffered injuries from the fight, neither required medical attention. He alleged both parties were intoxicated during the incident.

Burch is currently being held on a $25,000 bond under the charge of felonious assault. Kelly said additional charges are expected.