LEWISTOWN — The caller was calm, rational, unhurried.
“This is Evan Hoffman,” the voice tells the Logan County 911 dispatcher. “I have just shot a friend who was trespassing inside my house.”
The friend Hoffman spoke of was Branden Doseck, a Jackson Center teenager who later was pronounced dead at Mary Rutan Hospital as a result of the gunshot wound.
“He is breathing, but he’s going into shock right now,” Hoffman said, again his voice showing no trace of panic or excitement. “He was trespassing inside my home.”
Later in the 6-minute, 58-second audio clip of the 911 call, Hoffman admits that he was hosting a drinking party his rural home at 6089 County Road 21 in western Logan County and that he had thrown Doseck out of the party at sometime prior to the 911 call, which was logged a 3:53 a.m. Sunday morning.
“I already told him to go home and he came back with three or four of his friends inside a Honda car, of some sort.” Hoffman, 20, coolly told the dispatcher. “They appear to have left at some point, however, and there is a bunch of people at my house that I do not want here.”
Hoffman claimed on the tape that Doseck had broken down a door to the house and was trying to fight Hoffman.
“He was inside my home and I shot him with a deer-slug,” Hoffman said. After telling the dispatcher that Doseck had been shot through the left abdomen, he offered the dispatcher a more detailed assessment.
“Let me see here,” a composed Hoffman told the dispatcher. “It looks … it doesn’t look to be fatal, but there is some stuff sticking out of him. He is definitely breathing, though.”
When the dispatcher asked if Hoffman had been drinking, he said “Yes, I have. We were at a party together and he decided to come back to my party after I told him to get out,” Hoffman said, “and, so, I’d figured that it would be nice to be honest with you guys.”
“I am 20, and I am underage, and I will except the penalties regarding that,” Hoffman continued, “but he was in my house and we need an ambulance …”
Doseck, 16, was taken by squad from the County Road 21 residence to Mary Rutan Hospital where he was pronounced dead by the medical staff.
Several times during the call, there are audible sighs from Hoffman and some commotion in the background, but the only time Hoffman voiced any emotion was when the dispatcher told him to remain on the phone with her.
“I’m staying here, I’m staying here,” Hoffman said tersely of her reminder, but was otherwise was polite and collected throughout the nearly seven-minute call. He even went as far to correctly spell Doseck’s last name for the dispatcher.
Initial reports indicate that Hoffman fired another shot into a crowd of partygoers gathered on his front porch and that two suffered minor injuries but refused treatment.
Deputies who were called to the scene arrested Hoffman on a number of misdemeanors, all involving drinking or serving alcohol to underaged people and he was lodged in the Logan County Jail Sunday morning, where he is being held under a $13,000 bond. The homicide case was turned over the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office Monday and could be taken before a grand jury.
WDTN, a news partner of the Sidney Daily News, reported Hoffman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Bellefontaine Municipal Court to seven counts of furnishing alcohol to an underage person. He was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in the county jail, with three years suspended. He started serving his sentence immediately.
Court records showed Hoffman admitted to regularly hosting underage drinking parties and using those parties to make money. According to the documents, Hoffman admitted to collecting cash from people he knew were under 21 and only putting part of that money toward the purchase of alcohol.
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