Eric Dillard, 30, of 906 Commerce St., was charged Wednesday in the shooting death of Jamie Farley, 35, whose last known address was Salineville. Police were notified at 10:46 p.m. of Farley’s death after being transported to East Liverpool City Hospital via ambulance.
According to municipal court documents, police arrived on the scene at approximately 10 p.m. and found Dillard outside the Commerce Street residence holding a semi-automatic handgun. Farley was found nearby with two apparent gunshot wounds; one to the neck, and one to the abdomen, according to hospital reports.
Wellsville Police Chief Joseph Scarabino said police canvassed the area and gathered physical evidence in and around the scene. The Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) and the Columbiana County Prosecutor’s office were both advised of the situation. BCII later arrived on the scene to gather evidence to be processed at the lab.
According to Scarabino, the weapon involved is believed to be a .40 caliber handgun. Police also learned that Farley was a passenger in a vehicle and was shot after exiting the vehicle, Scarabino said, but would not comment on any other occupants in the vehicle at the time.
As the investigation unfolded and information was gathered, Dillard was charged with the murder of Farley, and was transported to Columbiana County jail Wednesday morning. He will more than likely face arraignment via video camera Thursday in the court of Judge Carol Robb.
Scarabino said the WPD is continuing the investigation, and is talking to any and all witnesses as the case unfolds. He said neighbors said they heard three to four “firecrackers” or “shots” Tuesday night.
“I urge any resident that has not been contacted by the police department, but has knowledge in the case, to phone the police at 330-532-1522,” Scarabino said.
Due to the integrity of the investigation, Scarabino did not comment further.
Shown is a home along Commerce Street in Wellsville where a man was shot late Wednesday. (Photo by Wayne Maris)