BLANCHESTER — The man who police say shot his girlfriend at their Orchard View Lane residence Wednesday has been arrested.
According to Clinton County Jail records, Jamie Lee McLaughlin, 31, was booked Sunday.
However, as of Sunday evening he was no longer listed as an active inmate at the jail.
Then as of early Monday morning he is again shown as an active inmate.
There is no other official information available at this time, including what charges he may face and whether an arrest may be related to the shooting incident.
However, a Blanchester neighbor believes that there was another incident Sunday involving McLaughlin that may have led to his immediate arrest.
The arrest may involve McLaughlin having a weapon even though he is a convicted felon. According to Clinton County court records, McLaughlin was convicted in 2008 of a felony F5 — aggravated possession of drugs — and sentenced to a prison term. There is also a drug-related felony F-3 conviction as well as a felony F-5 in 2007 in Greene County for which he was sentenced to prison time and forfeiture of a vehicle.
The News Journal has learned that a Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order was filed in Greene County in 2015 and was in effect from May 12, 2015 until April 22, 2016, according to the Greene County Clerk of Courts.
Mary Neace, 28, of 138 Orchard View Lane was shot in the torso by a 9mm Glock pistol fired by McLaughlin, of the same address, police said.
Last week police had reason to believe the shooting may have been an accident, but it was very early in the investigation.
Members of Neace’s family, however, including her sister, Kathleen Neace, stated after Wednesday’s incident that she said she wants “help getting justice for my sister” and that Mary Neace had multiple bruises all over her body, a swollen eye and broken fingernails, and that she was given seven units of blood.
The investigation is continuing, Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt told the News Journal Thursday.
“We still have some interviews to complete, as well as processing some physical evidence, before I will know whether or not a criminal offense has been committed,” he said.
According to the Clinton County Municipal Court, McLaughlin was charged with Driving Under Suspension March 26. On April 13 he failed to appear in court and arraignment was set for May 17.
A disorderly conduct charge in October in Clinton County was dismissed.