shooting photo

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This photo, taken Saturday, shows a duplex at 520 E. Second St. in Defiance where one man shot a city woman “multiple times” before fatally shooting himself. The woman, Becky Clifford, 29, 520 E. Second St. was reportedly recovering Monday at a Toledo hospital, according to police.

Defiance police have released the names of two persons involved in a fatal eastside shooting incident on Saturday.

John Ruark III, 30, 520 1/2 E. Second St., died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 520 E. Second St., not long after he had shot Becky Clifford, 29, 520 E. Second St., “multiple times,” according to Police Chief Todd Shafer.

Clifford was taken by the Defiance Fire Department to Mercy Hospital Defiance before being transferred to a Toledo hospital where she was “stable and recovering,” Shafer said Monday afternoon.

The chief indicated that Ruark was living in the upstairs apartment of the two-story duplex at 520 E. Second St. while Clifford and her husband were living in the bottom apartment where the shooting occurred.

The shooting followed a disturbance earlier between Ruark and Clifford’s husband, but Clifford was not involved in that incident, according to Shafer.

“We don’t know what it was exactly,” he said.

“There was a disturbance between him (Ruark) and another resident in the (duplex). ... She wasn’t involved,” Shafer said.

The shooting occurred around 2 p.m. Saturday, with police responding to a report “of a suicidal subject” at the residence.

After officers “heard shots fired,” according to Shafer, “we made entry” into the first-floor apartment, finding Ruark dead from a “self-inflicted gunshot wound” and Clifford injured.

Officers shut down East Second Street in the vicinity of 520 E. Second St. immediately after the shooting because “we weren’t sure what happened,” explained Shafer.

He noted that shots had been fired and police blocked traffic to protect the public’s safety.

“When you get in situations like this, we’re fortunate we were able to get entrance at that time and get her the medical treatment she needed,” Shafer said. “These are very precarious situations. We’re trying to keep everybody safe involved. They’re very high stress situations due to the fact you don’t know what you’re going into.”

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