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Update – Pike County Woman in Critical Condition after Boyfriend Shoots Her in the Neck with Gun


Pike County – Sheriff Tracy D. Evans reports that on November 30, 2022, at approximately 0700hrs, deputies were dispatched in the vicinity of 15221 SR 772 Piketon, Ohio in reference to a female who had just been shot in the neck.

The caller stated that a male subject had frantically ran into their establishment saying that he had just accidentally shot his girlfriend with a handgun. Pike County Deputies quickly responded to the scene and placed the shooter into custody who was identified as 40-year-old Joseph James Scowden of Piketon, Ohio. MedCare also arrived on scene and assessed the female’s injury who was identified as 39-year-old Melody Bryant.

Ms. Bryant was transported to Adena Pike Medical Center for further treatment and medical observation. Pike County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Technicians and Investigators were also called to the scene to further investigate. Investigators found evidence that the shooting had taken place inside Mr. Scowden and Ms. Bryant’s vehicle. The Pike County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted and a search warrant for the vehicle was obtained. The vehicle was towed to the Sheriff’s Office for further evidence processing. Mr. Scowden was also transported to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning regarding the incident.
Mr. Scowden is currently on probation with the Pike County Probationary Department for an assault offense. Mr. Scowden was charged with Felony Felonious Assault, Improper Handling of Firearms, and Using Weapons While Intoxicated. This case is being investigated by the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and will be presented to the next term of Pike County Grand Jury for Indictment.