Batavia Twp. murder suspect arrested at gunpoint


BATAVIA TWP., Ohio — A judge set bond at $5,000,000 for the man accused of shooting the owner of a tattoo parlor in Batavia Township 17 times Sunday, killing him.

Michael Patrick Guilfoyle, Jr., 33, is facing one count of aggravated murder and one count of aggravated robbery, which are both felonies of the first degree.

During a 911 call Sunday around 11:30 a.m., dispatchers could overhear a verbal dispute about money followed by gunshots. Deputies said they quickly responded to the area on State Route 125.

There, they found Brian Wilson lying in the westbound lanes of State Route 125 just east of the State Route 132 intersection, the sheriff’s office said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Watch body cam footage of Guilfoyle, Jr.’s arrest:

Body cam: Murder suspect arrested at gunpoint

Prosecutors said the victim, Brian Wilson, pled for his life and attempted to flee.

“In the 21 years I’ve been doing this, this is one of the most disturbing fact patterns I’ve ever heard,” said David Gast with the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office.

Law enforcement officials confronted Guilfoyle, Jr. at the scene. He was quickly identified as the suspect, investigators said.

You can watch police locate Guilfoyle at the scene of the crime here:

Police locate suspect in fatal Batavia Twp. shooting

The sheriff’s office said Guilfoyle, Jr. was “forthcoming with details of the altercation” and confessed to shooting Wilson after a verbal dispute over money.

He admitted to shooting Wilson 17 times because “he owed him money and it was someone he thought was a friend,” according to court documents.

Cincinnati resident Kimberly Jean Padely was driving through the area when it happened.

“The poor man was laying there dead in the road,” she said.

Padely said she heard a series of “bangs.”

“Murder over money, I mean, that’s evil,” she said.

If Guilfoyle, Jr. makes bond, the judge also ordered he must stay away from the victim’s family.

The sheriff’s office said this investigation remains ongoing, and any inquiries should be directed to the Clermont County Prosecutors Office at 513-732-7313.

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