A Springfield man has been indicted on homicide and manslaughter charges in the shooting death of a 22-year-old Northeastern High School graduate. The two were friends.
Dustin T. Olwin, 28, 932 Barker Drive, was indicted Monday on charges of involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, using weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor, reckless homicide, a third-degree felony, and negligent homicide, a first-degree misdemeanor, in the shooting death of Eric M. Wheeler.
Wheeler, 22, died Dec. 30 from injuries sustained when he was shot in the abdomen while inside a home at 932 Barker Drive.
According to the 9-1-1 call, the weapon involved was a 9mm pistol, and Wheeler was shot in the stomach “by accident,” according to the female caller. The caller also stated they were “screwing around” with the gun.
Wheeler was transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. A blood sample was taken as part of the investigation, according to police.
Investigators obtained search warrants after the family at the house refused to allow police search the house, Police Chief Steve Moody said.
A pistol was seized along with other items taken in the search, officers said. The man later asked for counsel, and officers stopped talking with him at that point, Moody said.
Olwin has no criminal history. He will be arraigned on the charges Friday in Clark County Common Pleas Court.
A 2011 Northeastern graduate, Wheeler played four years on the football team, according to Jets coach Scott Rolf.
Rolf called Wheeler “one of the most positive kids you could ever have on a team.” He played on both the offensive and defensive lines. Rolf said Wheeler once came to visit him after he had surgery during the season.
According to friends and family, Olwin and Wheeler met at Navistar, where they both worked.