Homeowner shoots, kills his drug dealer, sheriff’s office says

Homeowner shoots, kills his drug dealer, sheriff’s office says
Detectives with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office are investigating a shooting reported on Hamilton Cleves Road in Whitewater Township early Wednesday. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Matt Wood)

WHITEWATER TWP., OH - A homeowner shot and killed his drug dealer when he entered his Whitewater Township home early Wednesday to collect money owed for methamphetamine, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies and the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office responded to the 5100 block of Hamilton Cleves Road at 12:52 a.m., according to county dispatchers.

The homeowner, John Heard, 38, called 911 and said he shot an intruder in the chest, according to a copy of the call.

Andrew Naegele, 26, was found in the living room and pronounced dead at the scene, sheriff’s officials said. He has been described to authorities as a member of the Iron Horsemen motorcycle club.

Another intruder fled and remains at large, sheriff’s officials said.

A description of that person was not immediately available.

The homeowner who fired the shots was the only one home at the time, according to the sheriff’s office.

They said the intruders entered through a front door and did not appear to force their way in.

Initially, sheriff’s officials said they thought the shooting was random and the homeowner did not know the suspect.

However, upon further investigation, they said Heard told them he knew Naegele and described Naegele as his drug dealer who went to his home to collect money owed for methamphetamine.

Heard also told sheriff’s officials he knew Naegele was coming to his house to collect the money.

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