DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The man accused in a fatal shooting in West Carrollton Friday night told police he was not aiming at the woman killed.
West Carrollton police said 70-year-old Ira Perkins told them he fired the shot while arguing with his son and the bullet struck 25-year-old Brittany Geiger as she was walking up the steps to the house.
"The son was moving around the house," says West Carrollton Police Chief Richard Barnhart. "The father got upset. The father discharged his firearm into the wall to get his son's attention."
When officers arrived at the home in the 5000 block of Marcy Road, they found Geiger dead from a gunshot wound.
Perkins was arraigned Monday morning on one count of reckless homicide. As a third degree felony, the penalty is one to five years in prison. His bond was set at $100,000.
This was not Geiger's first brush with tragedy.
2 NEWS spoke with Geiger last August after a fire had destroyed her Miamisburg apartment.
She had come back to salvage what she could of her stuff.
Despite not having insurance, she tried to put a positive spin on things.
"Right now being negative it doesn't help anything," Geiger told us.
But putting a positive spin on this latest tragedy will be hard for Geiger's family and friends.
Police were back at the home on Marcy Road Monday where the shooting happened.
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2 NEWS called West Carrollton officials who tell us the house has been condemned.
They tell us what happened inside to Geiger should have been prevented.
"When you get to this type of aggravation with friends or family anywhere, it's time for someone to walk away and let it settle and that's what should have happened," Barnhart says.
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