Tragic Shooting Incident Unfolds in Brown County: Grandfather Killed, Grandmother and Cousin Critically Injured


Brown County, Ohio - A harrowing incident unfolded in Brown County as a 24-year-old man stands accused of a triple shooting that claimed the life of his grandfather and left his grandmother and cousin in critical condition. Disturbing details have emerged from Brown County court documents, shedding light on the accused's troubling fantasies.

Noah Clifton now resides in the Brown County Detention Center after his appearance in Brown County Municipal Court on Thursday. According to court records, he faces a murder charge for the tragic demise of his grandfather, Ralph Neff Sr.

In addition to the murder charge, Clifton is confronted with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of felonious assault for the shooting of his grandmother, Margaret Neff, and his cousin, Zachary Neff, as indicated in the documents.

Clifton's bond has been set at a staggering $1 million following his arraignment via video conference, as Sheriff Gordon Ellis stated that he was not in a stable condition to appear in person.

Brown County Prosecutor Zac Corbin revealed that since his arrest on Tuesday, Clifton had displayed combative and erratic behavior. A Georgetown police officer, first on the scene, apprehended Clifton after finding him near a running vehicle with a firearm nearby.

Upon entering the residence, officers discovered Ralph Neff Sr., 81, deceased with a gunshot wound to the head. Margaret Neff, 76, and Zachary Neff, 30, were also found with gunshot wounds and were subsequently airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

During an interview at the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Clifton confessed to harboring murderous fantasies while engrossed in Xbox gaming sessions. According to court records, he claimed, "there was a character in Fortnite that was dressed like an old lady and he was killing her in the game."

While Clifton denied pulling the trigger, he did admit to recently purchasing ammunition and two magazines. When confronted by his grandmother upon entering the home, his chilling response was captured in the court records: "Because I can."

This tragic incident has sent shockwaves through the Brown County community, leaving residents grappling with the senselessness of the violence. As the legal proceedings unfold, the community and authorities alike seek answers and justice for the victims.