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Autopsy underway after apparent murder in Brookside

BROOKSIDE, Ohio (WTRF) - UPDATE 6/15:

An autopsy is underway after an alleged murder took place Thursday morning in Brookside.

According to officials, a 37-year-old woman was shot and killed outside of a home in a driveway along Driggs Lane.

Initial reports show that the woman was shot in the torso.

Rudolph Richard Galberth Jr., 36, is being held in the Belmont County Jail on a murder charge in connection to this case.

According to officials, Galberth and the victim, Amy Bulter, were living together. There are conflicting reports as to whether the two were married or not.

Galberth Jr. appeared in court this morning. He told the judge that he currently has no money for an attorney.

Galberth Jr. is being held on a $1 million bond.

Amy's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral arrangements.

If you would like to donate, click here.


UPDATE:

Bridgeport Police Chief John Bumba has confirmed that an arrest has been made in connection to an early morning alleged murder.

Rudolph Richard Galberth Jr., 36, is being held in the Belmont County Jail on a murder charge.

He was arrested in another part of Ohio early Thursday morning after a woman was found dead in the driveway along Driggs Lane in Brookside.

He is being held on a $1 million surety bond.


UPDATE:

According to Police Chief Bumba, one male has been detained for questioning at this time, but no one has been arrested in connection to an early morning alleged murder.

7News has learned from several sources that the victim is 37-year-old Amy Butler.

Crews remain at the scene with the Ohio BCI Crime Scene Unit.

Stay with 7News as more details become available.


UPDATE:

Officials have confirmed that a woman in her 30s was shot and killed this morning along Driggs Lane in Brookside.

Officials have kept the body on the lawn where the body was discovered with a tent and sheets surrounding it as they continue to investigate.

They do say that they believe this is a domestic incident, and there is no danger to the public at this time.

Rumors are circulating that the shooter has been captured, but officials have not confirmed this information.

A service is being held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church for the community to come together in the wake of this tragedy.

At this time, no one is allowed near the crime scene, as it remains active.

Bridgeport Police Chief John Bumba is expected to speak more on this case later.

Stay with 7News for updates on this story.


ORIGINAL:

There is a heavy police presence this morning along Driggs Lane in Brookside as officials investigate an incident.

A neighbor tells 7News that he awoke at 5:10 a.m. to the sound of two gunshots, followed by a scream, then a second set of two gunshots.

The neighbor told 7News that he went outside and saw what he believes was someone lying dead in the yard. The witness says that he believes it may have been a woman, but officials have not confirmed this information.

According to the neighbor, he did not know the suspected victim personally.

The man said his wife is very upset because it's "a terrible shock that this could happen" in a quiet area like this.

Ohio BCI Crime Scene Unit is also on the site.

Officials have not confirmed any information at this time.

Details are still very limited.

7News has a crew on the scene.

Stay with us as more information becomes available.


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