Arrest made in September Hamilton homicide

UPDATE@11:30 a.m.:

Robert L. Bishop, a Hamilton man charged with murder in the Sept. 6 shooting death, was arraigned today in Butler County Common Pleas Court by Magistrate Matt Reed. His bond was set at $100,000 and he is scheduled to be back in court before Judge Noah Powers on May 2 for a pre-trial hearing.

Bishop, 45, of Maple Ave., is accused of killing Timothy Dugan at the Maple Street residence. In a 911 call, a man who identified himself as Bishop said he shot Dugan, 36, of Kahn Avenue, in self-defense.

Butler County Assistant Prosecutor David Kash said it took three months to fully analysis the evidence that will dispute his claim of self-defense.


An arrest has been made in the September fatal shooting of a man in Hamilton.

Robert L. Bishop, 45, was indicted by a Butler County grand jury for murder with a gun specification on Wednesday and arrested by Hamilton detectives with the assistance of Trenton police. He is accused of the Sept. 6 shooting death of Timothy Dugan, 36, of Kahn Avenue.

MORE: 911 caller claims fatal shooting was self-defense

Officers responded to 829 Maple Ave., Apt. 1, in reference to a shots fired call at about 4:45 a.m. Inside the apartment, a man later identified as Dugan, was dead. His death was ruled a homicide by the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

A 911 call was placed by a man claiming to have shot Dugan in self-defense over money, according to recordings obtained by the Journal-News.

In the 911 call, a man who identified himself as Robert Bishop tells the dispatcher, “A guy I know, I owed him money, he came in and he went ballistic, beat me up. He pulled a gun on me, we fought over it and I had to shoot.”

When the dispatcher asked the caller if he shot the man, later identified as Dugan, the caller replies, “yes ma’am.”

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