For Immediate Release
January 31st, 2018
For Immediate Release… January 31st, 2018
Juvenile Charged with Murder, Aggravated Robbery, and Tampering with Evidence
Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that on 01/30/18 at approximately 1828 hours, the Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a 911 call requesting assistance for someone that had been shot. Ross Township police and EMS were dispatched to 978 Hine Road, Ross Township, where they found Austin Hensley, 18 year old male, deceased from a gunshot wound.
Ross Township Police requested assistance from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, which responded to the scene. Investigators interviewed Zachary Welsh, 17 year old male, who admitted to shooting Austin Hensley during a robbery attempt. Zachary Welsh was charged with Murder (F1), Aggravated Robbery (F1), and Tampering with Evidence (F3) and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.
During this investigation, Josh Taylor, 17 year old male, has also been charged with Theft of a Firearm (F3).
“It is always tragic when life is lost, especially when everyone involved is so young” said Sheriff Jones. This is an ongoing investigation and Sheriff Jones encourages anyone with information pertaining to the death of Austin Hensley to call the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at (513) 785-1251.
Representatives from the Sheriff’s Office will be available for comment after 1100 hours at the Sheriff’s Office.