UPDATED: Man killed in Bellevue, 911 caller gives details

Cary Ashby • Updated Jul 30, 2018 at 5:56 PM

BELLEVUE — A woman who called 9-1-1 about Sunday’s suspected murder said the three gun shots she heard sounded as if someone was attempting to break out an air-conditioning unit.

“All of the sudden I heard ‘bang-bang-bang,’” said the woman, who declined to be identified.

John J. Frost, 58, of 113 Thomas Drive, Apt. H, Bellevue, has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of 44-year-old Curtis Gibbs. Frost is being held in the Sandusky County Jail in lieu of a $1 million bond.

Ron Anderson, a retired security officer, lives in the apartment building next to where the shooting happened. Bryn Mawr Apartments is on Thomas Drive in Sandusky County.

“I heard the shots. It woke me up,” Anderson said. “I just went back to sleep. … I heard six shots. I heard a lot of people running around.”

Dispatchers with the Bellevue Police Department received several 9-1-1 calls about gunshots being fired in the hallway of 113 Thomas Drive about 9:43 p.m. Sunday. When officers arrived, they found Gibbs on the ground in the hallway. Medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene and his body was taken to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

Prior to the shooting, the 9-1-1 caller was visiting with her brother who came to Bellevue from Port Clinton for about 20 minutes. Afterward, she sat in front of her apartment building, which is next door to 113 Thomas Drive.

Before she heard the possible gunshots, she said she saw Frost carrying groceries into his building.

“The victim — I’d never seen him before,” the woman added. “The only red flag was he was carrying a black leather bag. … I was seeing things unfold, not knowing what it was leading up to.”

The 9-1-1 caller heard gunshots when she was sitting outside.

“It sounded like someone was trying to bust out the AC unit,” she said. “A girl came out, delerious (and) unable to talk. … She appeared to be kinda close to the victim.”

Before police arrived at the scene, she said the woman, who appeared to be in her late 20s to 30s, tried to move Gibbs from the stairway.

“He was laying on his stomach, on the steps,” the 9-1-1 caller added. “She put his head on her lap. That told me she was kinda connected (to him).”

As police were putting up yellow crime-scene tape, “this lady came running,” the woman said. “That’s my son. That’s my son,” she added, quoting her.

Another neighbor, who declined to be identified, said she heard someone say, “should I call 9-1-1?” and another person say, “Please, can I have your phone to call 9-1-1?”

“I told my daughter to stay inside,” the woman added. “I thought it was a fight or something.”

Cody Patchin, who lives in an apartment building near the shooting, was about to take his dog out for a walk when he heard two shots. He said he put the dog back inside its pen and told a neighbor to stay inside.

Patchin also briefly saw Gibbs laying in the stairway.

“I got a glimpse; that was enough for me,” Patchin said. “I usually wear glasses. I’m glad I didn’t have them on.”

When asked if he knew Frost, Patchin said it was common to see him outside of his apartment building, as other tenants do.

“It was a surprise. … Nobody would expect that of him,” Patchin added. “He was friendly to everyone here.”

One of Anderson’s neighbors, who declined to be identified, said she knows Frost, but she doesn’t believe Gibbs lives in the apartment complex. Other neighbors provided the Reflector with similar information Monday. 

“This is just a shock to everybody,” the woman said.

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