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Sheriff Release

Updated: Aug 2, 2022

July 31, 2022


On July 31, 2022 the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 2907 N. Kuther Road, Sidney, Ohio reference a subject at the front door trying to gain entry to the residence.


The subject started beating on the door, the homeowner told the subject to leave and that he had a gun. The subject then shouldered the door several times eventually breaking the door open and started to enter the residence. Once the subject entered the door the homeowner fired three rounds. The subject then staggered back to the front of the garage where he fell.


The subject succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The subject was identified as James Douglas Rayl, 22 years old of Sidney, Ohio.


The Shelby County Prosecutor was apprised of the situation and the incident will be presented to the next Shelby County Grand Jury

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