Argument leads to fatal shooting | Cincinnati Enquirer | Cincinnati.Com
Obviously Dr. Owens doesn't get out of the morgue much if he can't see why the maintenance man needs to carry a gun. It seems the apartment can't be all that nice if they need to be sprayed for bugs every month.
NORTH FAIRMOUNT – Kenneth Phelps was not going to let an exterminator into his apartment, no matter what.
This act cost him his life, according to police.
Phelps, 40, who lived in an apartments at 3344 McHenry Ave., had been served eviction papers earlier in the week, police said.
When the building’s maintenance man came with the exterminator Wednesday afternoon to spray the building, as he does every third Wednesday of the month, Phelps would not let them in, police said.
“It is my understanding that (Phelps) took exception to it. He was angry,” said Dr. O’dell Owens, the Hamilton County coroner.
The men began to argue. During the fight, Phelps left his apartment and pulled out a knife. The maintenance man, whom police did not identify, then shot Phelps once in the chest with a handgun that he was carrying legally, according to police.
Phelps was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It’s always sad for anyone to feel so strongly about any issue that they have to resort to bringing out a knife, and it’s sad that a building manager has to carry a gun,” Owens said. “That’s what shocked me. But that tells you what the neighborhood is like.”
Shirley Lisembee, 49, agreed about the danger. She has lived across the street from the building since 1993.
Lisembee is not surprised that the maintenance man was carrying a gun.
“A lot of crime happens here,” she said. “A lot of people just have to be prepared.”
Lisembee didn’t know the maintenance man well, but they’d spoken before and he was always friendly, she said.
“I’d wave and he’d wave back,” she said. “He does a good job at taking care of the building.” Lisembee said that he had been working there for a few years.
Police said no arrests have been made. The shooting remains under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Section at 513-352-3542 or Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040. Callers may remain anonymous and may receive compensation for their information.
Good on the maintenance man for being prepared.