LIMA — A Lima woman had a temporary protection order against a man who shot and killed her inside her home Wednesday night, Lima police reported.
Lima Police responded at 11:31 p.m. to 218 W. Murphy St. in reference to a shooting that detectives think may have been a domestic dispute turned deadly.
Upon officers arrival, Valeda Thomas, 32, was found dead. Also at the residence at the time of the shooting was Timothy Brown, 48, Thomas’ ex-boyfriend, of Lima.
Brown was taken into custody for suspicion of murder, according to Lima Police Lt. Jim Baker.
“At this time, this incident appears to be related to a domestic dispute,” Baker said. “Detectives are in the process of interviewing witnesses.”
Baker said a preliminary autopsy was performed on Thomas Thursday and from that, it was concluded she died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
“The victim had a Temporary Protection Order against the suspect,” Baker said Thursday. “There was a history of prior violence.”
According to the Lima Municipal Court website, Brown’s address is listed as 1431 Norval Ave. He was charged with persistent disorderly conduct and intoxication on May 27, according to court records.
There was also an assault charge that was dismissed on April 15, 2011, court records indicated.
To obtain a Temporary Protection Order in Ohio, a person must first apply for one in common pleas court. After filling out the paperwork, a person has officially filed for a protection order and a date is set for him or her to appear in front of a judge. At the appearance, a judge decides whether to grant a temporary protection order or not, given the severity of the situation.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Just Tuesday, there was a domestic violence awareness walk in downtown Lima to prevent domestic violence in the area.
The shooting comes after a similar situation earlier in the summer, when Carlin Glenn and daughter Andrea Glenn were shot and killed by Randy Glenn, who then took his own life at 9 Beaumont Place in Lima.
Carlin Glenn had filed charges of domestic violence and a report of telecommunications harassment just hours before her death, when her estranged husband drove from Georgia to go through with the shootings.
Baker encourages anyone with information about this most recent shooting to contact Lima police at 419-227-4444 or Crime Stoppers at 419-227- 7867.
Municipal court clerks were unsure of when exactly Brown will make his first appearance because they’d not yet received the paperwork Thursday afternoon from the prosecutor’s office. They said more than likely it would be Friday or Monday.