Sheriff: Woman shot and killed; suspect commits suicide in Hillsboro church

Victim and suspect shared child together, family says

Murder-suicide leaves 3-year-old parentless

HIGHLAND COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - A woman was shot and killed at a home in Highland County shortly before the suspected gunman took his own life in Hillsboro late Friday night, the Highland County Sheriff’s Office reports.

A family member of the suspect tells FOX19 NOW the two shared a child together.

Deputies say they received a call at 11:30 p.m. from a resident along U.S. 50 stating a female was shot and a child was taken from the home by a male.

When deputies arrived at the home, they found the body of 33-year-old Sherry Wall.

Sheriff’s officials say while deputies were on the scene, other officers located 37-year-old Joshua McLaughlin of Hillsboro at the Hillsboro Church of Nazarene.

McLaughlin was inside the church while the child was outside.

Additional units were called to the scene, where they found McLaughlin dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

McLaughlin’s uncle Tony Gibson told FOX19 NOW that McLaughlin and Wall had been in a relationship for five years. Three years ago they had a daughter together. Gibson said the two had recently broken up

Gibson said the two had been working to co-parent their daughter.

“I thought about it a thousand times," Gibson said of the last time he last saw McLaughlin on Friday night. “If I could have just said one thing before he went back out there might have made a difference."

Sheriff’s officials are investigating.

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