Joshua Morrison/News Knox County Sheriff's, Fredericktown EMS and Mount Vernon Police responded to an incident in the 16000-block Wooster Road, on Saturday, January 4, 2020.


AMITY — An Amity man was found deceased in an apparent suicide Saturday.

Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer reported that Jesse Fabrizio, 35, was found dead inside a 16000 block, Wooster Road residence in Amity of a gunshot wound.

A woman who resides at the home called 9-1-1 at approximately 1:40 p.m. to report Fabrizio was suicidal. The woman said Fabrizio had cut his wrist and she had taken the knife.

The woman said Fabrizio was suicidal because he had been accused of raping a juvenile earlier that day. A juvenile had called 9-1-1 earlier that day to report that Fabrizio had raped another juvenile who spent the night, according to 9-1-1 records.

The woman told 9-1-1 dispatch that she left the house after taking the knife and found the door locked when she tried to get back in. The woman reported that Fabrizio had firearms.

She said she had a key but did not want to go back in. During the call, the woman said she may have heard a shot, but it may also have been a car door slamming.

The Mount Vernon Police Department and Fredericktown EMS were called to the scene for assistance. After attempting contact with Fabrizio, officers entered the house at 2:45 p.m. and found him dead, Shaffer reports.

Officers closed down a section of Wooster Road in front of the house and secured the house with police tape around 3 p.m.

The Knox County Coroner’s Office is investigating the death, Shaffer said.

A neighbor, who asked their name not be used, said there were adults and children living inside the home and that the police had “been here all day.” According to the neighbor, the residents of the house have been longtime members of the community.

There were no children present in the home during the incident.

Law enforcement reopened the road and restored traffic on Wooster Road around 3:45 p.m.

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