US man, 81, charged with killing Uber driver after both targeted by scam calls

Police handout Police image shows the suspect pointing a gun at the alleged victim

Police in Ohio have arrested an elderly man who is accused of fatally shooting an Uber driver he mistakenly believed was part of a scam.

According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, driver Loletha Hall, 61, was shot multiple times by William Brock, 81, outside his South Charleston home last month.

A scammer had contacted Mr Brock, and threatened him while demanding money.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Ms Hall, according to officials, was also sent to Mr Brock’s house by a scammer and instructed to pick up a package.

Police released dashcam footage of the 25 March incident showing Mr Brock brandishing a pistol and pointing it at Ms Hall to prevent her from leaving.

During their investigation, officials discovered that an unknown man had called Mr Brock and told him he needed to pay $12,000 (£9,600) to get his nephew out of jail.

Police say the caller threatened to kill his nephew if he did not pay the ransom.

A scammer also hired Ms Hall through the Uber app and sent her to pick up a package from Mr Brock’s home. She was unaware of the threats he had received, officials say.

“Ms Hall, suffering from medical conditions and unarmed, made no threats or assaults toward Mr Brock, and made no demands, other than to ask about the package she was sent to retrieve,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Mr Brock then allegedly pointed a gun at Ms Hall and demanded she reveal the identity of the caller. She tried to leave, saying she would call police.

When she returned to her car, there was a “scuffle at the door of Ms Hall’s vehicle”, police say, which ended in Mr Brock allegedly shooting her multiple times.

The sheriff’s office is still searching for the scam callers.

“The Clark County Sheriff’s Office would like to take the opportunity to again remind residents, especially our older citizens, that no Law Enforcement Agency or Court will make contact with anyone in the manner of this case to solicit cash for bail,” the office said.

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