Authorities are investigating a fugitive’s apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound that occurred Monday afternoon at a cabin in the woods off Millers Chapel Road south of New Market.
Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera said in a release that Robert Anthony Masur, 37, Cincinnati, was pronounced dead at the scene by Highland County Coroner Dr. Jeff Beery.
Barrera said Masur had been wanted for questioning by the Cincinnati Police Department for felonious assault and theft of a vehicle from a residence. According to the sheriff, it is alleged that Masur forced his way into a home and used a knife on a male subject, stole his keys and left.
According to Barrera, the sheriff’s office received a call around 2:45 p.m. Monday from a residence in the 6000 block of Millers Chapel reporting a home had been burglarized.
The homeowners advised they had left the home around 11 a.m., and when they returned, they found someone had kicked in their front door to gain entrance, Barrera said.
A deputy and detective arrived and proessed the scene, according to the sheriff.
Barrera said the investigators checked a vacant home in the same area and found Masur’s body inside.
The weapon used in the suicide was located after the coroner arrived, and it was identified as one of the items taken during the burglary, according to the sheriff.
The sheriff’s office received another call around 6:30 p.m. Monday from a residence in the 4000 block of Carr Road reporting there was a vehicle parked in the back of the property behind a pond.
Detectives and deputies located the vehicle parked in a wooded area and ran the tags through dispatch at the sheriff’s office, finding that the vehicle had been reported stolen from Clermont County, the sheriff said.
Further investigation found the vehicle was stolen during a carjacking in Clermont County, and Masur was suspected in the incident, according to Barrera.
The matter is still under investigation.