UPDATE: Darke County Sheriff investigates homicide


LIBERTY TWP.—The Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting that a subject had been shot in the 5000 block of Smith Road in western Darke County, Ohio at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6., 2022.

Darke County Deputies, Liberty Township Fire Department and Tri-Village Rescue responded to the scene. An adult male was found outside near a backdoor with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. This subject was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Darke County Coroner’s Office and Darke County Sheriff’s Detectives responded to the scene to conduct an investigation.

Upon arrival at the scene Deputies took into custody William L. Fields, age 58 of that address. He has been booked into the Darke County Jail pending formal charges for Murder. Two other adult witnesses were also at the residence at the time of the shooting and have been cooperating with investigators, those witnesses have been released from the scene.

The victim in this case was also a resident of this address.

The Darke County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of the deceased in this case as William R. Duncan, age 62, of 5059 Smith Road, Darke County, Ohio.

On October 7, 2022 William Fields was charged with Murder in this case and he was arraigned in Darke County Court of Common Pleas. Bail was set at $150,000.00.