LOGAN — On Thursday, Aug. at approximately 5:48 a.m., the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office received numerous phone calls in reference to a shooting incident, which occurred on Goose Creek Road in South Bloomingville.
While responding to the scene, deputies observed a vehicle driving erratically leaving the area, almost striking the cruisers. Some of the responding deputies initiated a pursuit with the vehicle, which was travelling northbound on state Route 664, while the other deputies responded to the scene.
The vehicle failed to stop for the pursuing deputies and ultimately arrived at the Hocking Valley Community Hospital. Deputies detained the driver and passenger and observed an injured male in the back of the vehicle.
Deputies summoned aid from hospital workers, who attempted to revive the male, but were unable to do so; he was pronounced dead at the scene. The deceased is a 32-year-old male from the Columbus area.
Responding deputies were able to locate the scene of the incident on Goose Creek Road and located a possible suspect and witnesses.
Hocking County Sheriff’s Office detectives conducted multiple interviews, obtained and executed search warrants and with the assistance of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation investigators, collected evidence.
While the investigation is still ongoing, detectives have gathered facts and evidence, which resulted in the filing of charges stemming from the incident.
Steven E. Mullins, 40, of South Bloomingville, was arrested and charged with murder, a felony of the first-degree. He was transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail to await his arraignment in Hocking County Municipal Court.
There are no other suspects involved nor are we looking for other individuals.
Due to the sensitive nature and ongoing status of this investigation, there are no other details that can be released at this time.
Mullins appeared in Hocking County Municipal Court Friday morning for his arraignment. He was imposed a $500,000 cash or surety bond. Stipulations of his bond include: must maintain current address or report to court new address; no contact with victim’s family; no drugs, alcohol or paraphernalia; must submit to all testing; no weapons; must remain law abiding; and must wear GPS monitor if bail is posted, cost to defendant.
Mullins remains incarcerated in Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on a first-degree felony murder charge.