Police investigating shooting death of elderly man in Liberty Twp.

Just before 4 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to a call from 1780 Lucretia Drive

Liberty Police responded to a shooting on Lucretia Dr. in Girard.


LIBERTY TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Liberty Police are investigating the shooting death of an 82-year-old man Sunday afternoon.

Just before 4 p.m., officers responded to a call from 1780 Lucretia Drive.

They found the man dead in a bedroom with multiple bullet holes in the wall.

Liberty Police says the man’s step-grandson Branden Cagley, 30, killed Jame Phillips.

Branden Cagley is charged with first degree murder after a shooting in Liberty township
Branden Cagley

“Basically, they became involved in an altercation and subsequently shot the grandfather,” said Chief Richard Tisone.

According to the Warren Tribune Chronicle, police are investigating claims that Cagley was protecting his grandmother, Dorothy Phillips.

Cagley’s grandmother was home at the time of the shooting.

When Cagley called in to police dispatch, he said he shot his grandfather in either the stomach or chest. Tisone says the body hasn’t been moved yet, and they haven’t determined where exactly he was struck.

Several neighbors say they did not hear any gunshots. The family next door to the Phillips’ home say they never bothered anyone. They say Phillips was a great guy and they last spoke to him on Friday. That family didn’t know much about Cagley.

“We did a call history on this residence. We’ve not been here before, we’ve had no problems here before. This is the first time we’ve been here,” Tisone said.

Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrived on the scene just after 6 p.m.

Cagley turned himself in and is in custody. He is charged with first-degree murder and due in court Monday morning.

They are not releasing information about the gun at this time.

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