Hamilton man calls 911 on way to hospital: ‘My brother shot me’

Shooting happened during confrontation in yard of home

Justin Glenn drove himself to the hospital Monday night while bleeding from the head after gunfire in the yard of his Hamilton home. He told dispatchers, “My brother shot me.”

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said Wednesday that video from a neighbor’s doorbell camera appears to show Justin Glenn acted in self-defense when he fatally shot his brother, Jason.

Jason Glenn went to his brother’s house at about 6:35 p.m. Monday in the 1200 block of Summer Street, where there was an argument in front of the house. Gmoser said the security camera video shows Jason Glenn firing a shot that grazed Justin’s head and Justin pulling a gun from his waist and returning fire.

While paramedics were treating Jason Glenn, his brother drove to Kettering Health Hamilton. Justin Glenn had a child with him who was not injured, according to police.

A child told dispatchers in a 911 call placed from a car rushing to the ER, “My dad got shot in the head.”

Justin Glenn, is heard yelling in the background, “We are on our way to the hospital. My brother shot me.”

The child cries and tries to tell the dispatcher where they are and the color of the vehicle they are driving.

“I am in front of the hospital … please don’t kill me,” Glenn tells dispatchers. Then there is a lot of commotion and sobbing.

Glenn, 39, went into the hospital lobby with a 9mm handgun and placed it on the front desk counter, according to police. He is under indictment from Hamilton County for a felony drug charge and is not legally permitted to possess a firearm. Glenn was arrested on the firearm violation, but has not been charged in connection to his brother’s death, according to Sgt. Rich Burkhardt.

Jason Glenn died on the way to the hospital, according to police and Gmoser.

On Wednesday, the Butler County Coroner’s Office officially released Jason Glenn’s identity after an autopsy. The 47-year-old’s death was ruled a homicide and he suffered “gunshot wounds,” according to the coroner’s office.

Hamilton police are continuing to investigate the fatal shooting and it will be presented to a grand jury for consideration because Justin Glenn is charged with having weapons under disability. However, a charge in connection to the deadly shooting is not likely, Gmoser said.

“I sat down and watched the tape frame, by frame, by frame,” Gmoser said. “Having seen the evidence in the case, it is apparent that Justin was fired upon by his brother, which struck him in the head, and he immediately returned fire, killing his brother.”

Gmoser said the men were arguing next to a vehicle and the tape shows a flash go off beside Justin Glenn’s head. Then he grabs what appears to be a gun from his waist, raises it and returns fire.

Justin Glenn remained housed in the Butler County Jail Wednesday, but Gmoser said he will request the weapons charge against him be dismissed in Hamilton Municipal Court, so that the entire case can be presented to a grand jury. He is also being held on a community control violation related to a previous unrelated charge and a holder from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for not showing up at a hearing in the drug case there.

According to the police report, “(Justin) and his brother got into a physical altercation that led to the defendant shooting his brother, and firing several more shots in the air. (Justin) then fled the scene and ended up at the hospital to seek medical attention.”

Dispatchers received five 911 calls on the night of the shooting, four from neighbors.

A female caller said, “You need need to get somebody here quick. There’s a whole bunch of gunshots and there is a kid crying.”

She said she heard a lot of shots. “He probably unloaded a gun.”

Another caller told dispatchers, “There is a guy across the street shooting people. It is my neighbor.”

The woman said she pulled her children away from the windows to safety.

She and neighbors ventured outside after seeing a car pull away. She said, “Oh my God it’s his brother, he killed his brother. You guys need to hurry.”

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