BLANCHESTER — The Blanchester Police Department’s investigation into a shooting in the village has been completed, authorities said, and the case file was recently delivered to the office of Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Moyer for his review.
BPD Chief Scott Reinbolt said since the case has been turned over to the prosecutor’s office, he will not release more information on the incident.
“Since the case has now been referred for prosecution, we will not release any further information and those seeking case status or other updates are directed to contact Mr. Moyer’s office,” he said.
Police said Jamie McLaughlin, 31, of Blanchester, allegedly shot his girlfriend, Mary Neace, 28, also of Blanchester, on May 2 at their home. Reinbolt said evidence collected in the case indicated the shooting was accidental.
Neace was hospitalized with serious injuries, some possibly not related to the shooting, according to police.
The following weekend, McLaughlin was arrested and charged with aggravated menacing for allegedly brandishing a machete and threatening two people who had spent the night at his home.
After posting bond that same day and being released from the Clinton County Jail, he was arrested again and charged with having a weapon under a disability.
Blanchester police also later executed a search warrant at the house, in which “various items connected to the shooting and possible assault were seized, as was a quantity of stolen property found inside the home,” authorities said.
Reinbolt commended his staff “on their tenacious work in this case, much of which was done while under heavy criticism on social media and from certain Cincinnati media outlets.”
“I also commend Ptl. Kristen Jeffers on her work in this case, as her efforts were instrumental in establishing, as nearly as possible, the facts of what occurred in this incident,” he added.