COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Columbus police have identified the man shot and killed by a homeowner on the city’s south side when the man allegedly trespassed on the shooter’s property.
Police said Kevin J. Smith, 60, was shot and killed Saturday outside a home on the 600 block of East Whittier Street in the Southern Orchards neighborhood.
According to police, officers were responding to a trespassing call at a home just after 6 p.m. While on their way, a second call was made to the police reporting that the man had been shot by the home’s owner.
Smith was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:30 p.m.
The United Methodist Church and Community Development for All People on Wednesday identified Smith as a member of the nearby homeless community, calling him “a beautiful human being.”
“While we mourn his death, we remain committed to doing our part in building a better safety net for those experiencing homelessness,” the news release said.
The homeowner has not been named.
The Columbus police investigation will be reviewed by the Franklin County prosecutor’s office to determine if charges could be filed. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Columbus police at 614-645-4730.