One man dead after shooting in Licking County, Sheriff says

LICKING CO., (WCMH) — The Licking County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that left one man dead Sunday morning.

It happened just after 5am, deputies were dispatched to a home on Graceland Lane Road on the report of a shooting.

When deputies arrived on scene they found 27-year-old Samuel David Beskid dead inside the home, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

According to a release from the Licking County Sheriff, investigators learned the homeowner, 37-year-old Donnie Gayheart, was confronted by Beskid in his home.

Beskid reportedly pointed a firearm and a flashlight at Gayheart and his girlfriend while they were lying in bed.

According to witnesses there was an altercation and Beskid was shot and died at the scene.

The Bureau for Criminal Investigation was called to assist in the investigation.

An autopsy will be performed at the Licking County Coroner’s Office. Once the investigation is complete it will be reviewed by the Licking County Prosecutor’s Office.

At this time no arrests have been made. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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