NEW DETAILS: Middletown woman accused in fatal shooting of ex-husband appeared to be in shock, police say

Dawn Shearer

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Dawn Shearer

When Middletown officers arrived at the Shearer residence Monday night after a fatal shooting, they found a woman who appeared to be in shock.

Police said Dawn Shearer, 46, shot her ex-husband Anthony Shearer, 45, in the head, killing him. She is charged with murder and housed in the Middletown jail.

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As Officer Christine Sorrell approached the residence in the 3600 block of Ellis Way about 8:30 p.m., she told dispatchers who were on the phone with Dawn Shearer to have her walk out of the residence with her hands visible.

“As I was pulling up to the residence, I saw a (female) walking out with what appeared to be a phone in her hand up to her ear. I advised her multiple times to put the phone down and walk backwards to me,” Sorrell said in the report.

“She appeared to be in shock,” Sorrell wrote.

Dawn Shearer told the officer multiple times that she wanted someone to go inside the home, that she didn’t know what had happened to her husband, and that she didn’t know “what she did,” according to the report.

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After Dawn Shearer was placed in a police cruiser, officers entered the house and found Anthony Shearer in the living room with a gunshot wound to the head.

He was transported to Atrium Medical Center, then taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton where he died Monday night, police said.

In a 911 call, Dawn Shearer confessed to the shooting.

“We were just arguing over stuff,” she told dispatchers as officers responded to the shooting. “We were married 20-something years. I moved back in to work things out. I think I shot him in the head.”

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is still performing an autopsy on Tony Shearer to determine the cause and manner of his death.

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