LEEDS – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and emergency responders were dispatched to the area of Silverado Court in Leeds Thursday night when the St. George Communications Center received a call at 8:16 p.m. reporting a shooting had occurred.
“A male, armed with a gun, reportedly confronted a neighbor and was shot by the neighbor,” Washington County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Shauna Jones wrote in a statement released Thursday night. “He was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Sheriff’s Deputies immediately blocked off the area, and along with The Washington County Attorney’s Office, began investigating the incident. In a statement released Friday afternoon by The Washington County Sheriff’s Office the victim of the shooting has been identified as Stephen Aizenberg, 70, of Leeds.
According to the release, Aizenberg walked from his house to his neighbor’s house, armed with a handgun. Witnesses told Washington County Detectives that Aizenberg walked down his neighbor’s driveway, toward their house, with his weapon pointed at the occupants, who had called 911.
Another guy and several women were visiting Aizenberg’s neighbor, and those visitors did not know Aizenberg or why he was approaching them with a gun aimed at them, according to the statement.
The release said that the man who was visiting shot Aizenberg when Aizenberg continued to approach them with his firearm aimed at them. Detectives have been unable to determine why Aizenberg confronted his neighbor’s visitors while armed.
There is no evidence of any prior confrontations or conflicts between Aizenberg, his neighbors, or their visitors, the Sheriff’s Office statement said. The man who shot Aizenberg remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation. The Sheriff’s Office said he has not been arrested.
Detectives are continuing their investigation and conducting interviews to try and determine what led up to Aizenberg’s actions. The case will be referred to the Washington County Attorney’s Office for review when the investigation is complete.
Ed. note: Correction made: Eisenberg’s home is on Silverado Court, not Circle.
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