Murder charges filed against man in Columbiana County shooting

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Gary Joiner was charged in the death of Ryan Virden, of Salem

KNOX TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Murder charges were filed late Monday against a man in connection to a fatal shooting in Columbiana County.

Gary Joiner was charged in the death of Ryan Virden, of Salem.

The shooting happened just before 2 a.m. Monday at a house in Knox Township.

It was a breathless call to Columbiana County 911 that sent deputies to a house on Homeworth Road.

Dispatcher: Somebody kicked in the door?
Caller: Yes
Dispatcher: OK. What road are you on?
Caller: Homeworth

After several attempts, the dispatcher was finally able to get the caller to admit he ran from the house as the intruder came in.

Dispatcher: I’m sorry. All I can hear is your breathing
Caller: I’m scared!

“Upon the deputies’ arrival, they found one guy deceased from multiple gunshot wounds,” said Sheriff Brian McLaughlin.

McLaughlin said deputies took Joiner into custody after discovering he had an outstanding warrant for domestic violence for skipping-out on a hearing earlier this month. His bond was set in court Monday morning at $500,000.

Police say Joiner and Virden knew each other, but a motive has not been determined.

“We’re still working on that part of it,” McLaughlin said.

Joiner is being held in the Columbiana County Jail. He has another scheduled court appearance on April 5.

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