Custar shooting suspect arraigned PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 22 November 2013 10:44
Sheriffs talk near the scene of a shooting Wednesday in Custar, Ohio. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
CUSTAR — A village man accused of shooting another man in front of his foreclosed residence was arraigned in Bowling Green Municipal Court Thursday.
Thomas J. Boyer, 53, was arraigned via video before Judge Mark Reddin. Boyer has been charged with attempted murder in the Wednesday shooting of William Morris, 42, Rutland. He is being held in the Wood County jail on $1 million bond.
Reddin ordered that Boyer undergo a mental health assessment. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 2.
Morris was taken by air ambulance to University of Toledo Medical Center and was listed in serious condition this morning.
He sustained a single gunshot wound to the back.
Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn confirmed this morning that Morris was a contractor or sub-contractor doing work for a bank, but was not able to say at which bank he is employed.
Morris was shot outside of Boyer’s residence, 22743 Defiance Pike, which was foreclosed upon in September. Court records show that OneWest Bank, Irvine, Calif., which has offices in Ohio, was a plaintiff in the case. The property is to be sold at a sheriff’s sale in January.
Lt. Jamie Webb of the Sheriff's Office said today that investigators have not had an opportunity to speak with Morris, as he remains basically incapacitated.
The shooting occurred just after 1 p.m., and a single shot was fired. Boyer was reportedly still in possession of a shotgun upon the arrival of a deputy on the scene, and he was held at gunpoint by the deputy prior to his arrest.
The home is located across the street from St. Louis Catholic School, which was put on lockdown for approximately one hour as a safety precaution. Wasylyshyn said the school was not involved in the incident.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 11:43

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