Rusty Steele Lisbon Death – The gunman and the victim were reportedly arguing nonstop on Friday and shared a lady, Blower’s wife Amanda, who had children with Steele. This is according to Lisbon Police Chief Michael Abraham. Police say a man who promised to assist a stranger with car issues ended up dead late on Friday night on West Spruce Street after being reportedly ambushed and shot in the chest by someone he knew. Rusty Steele, 40, of Harvey Avenue in Lisbon, was killed, and that someone has been identified as Michael J. Blower, 31, of Newgarden Avenue in Salem.
When police responded to a complaint of gunfire in the 200 block of West Spruce Street at 10:32 p.m. on Friday, they discovered a man shot, lying face down in the roadway with a gunshot wound to the chest. Despite the officers performing CPR, Steele was declared dead at the spot. In their investigation, Abraham said detectives “learned Mr. Steele was lured out of the house when someone knocked on the door and said their car broke down and wanted to know if he could give them a jump.” Abraham said several neighbors heard the shooting. Abraham claimed that although the victim didn’t know the individual, he went outside to start his own car, a Cadillac SUV. At that point, a familiar face who was eventually identified as Blower approached him and shot him while he was still inside the car.
Abraham claimed that although he clearly managed to exit the car, he subsequently collapsed on the ground. The home was the source of the 911 call. Two people were seen escaping the scene, and according to Abraham’s theory, they did so after stashing a car on another street. When the event happened, Steele was at his girlfriend’s home on West Spruce Street. There are kids in the house, according to Abraham. Blower was located by phone later that evening as a result of the inquiry, and he and his wife showed up at the Lisbon Police Department at 5:30 on Saturday morning to report themselves in. Abraham responded, “Mr. Blower made a confession to us. At the Columbiana County Jail, he was taken into jail and put on a hold, but a murder charge had already been brought.
The county prosecutor’s office and the investigators were collaborating on the papers. Abraham responded that the case is still being investigated when questioned about the unidentified party involved. As far back as he can recall, this is the first homicide the community has seen since he took over as chief. Nonetheless, he claimed that because this seems to be an isolated incidence, locals have nothing to worry about. Both the shooter and the victim were acquainted. It all came together quickly, according to Abraham. He expressed gratitude to the members of the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office for their prompt action and assistance in securing the area. Blower is anticipated to be charged Monday morning at Columbiana County Municipal Court.
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