An Insane Clown Posse mask
An Insane Clown Posse mask

A woman in Prairie Township, Ohio shot at a home invader wearing an Insane Clown Posse mask before dawn Saturday morning, and inexplicably didn’t call 911 because she thought she missed her target.

It turns out that she didn’t miss:

A 17-year-old boy was burglarizing a house in Prairie Township when the homeowner shot and killed him early on Saturday, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott said this afternoon.

Reb Barbee was armed with a knife and wearing an Insane Clown Posse mask when he was shot in the living room of 8798 Hubard Dr. S, investigators said.

The homeowner, Heather Tackett, didn’t call 911, Scott said. She told investigators she didn’t realize she’d hit someone.

Tackett and Barbee knew each other from the neighborhood, Scott said.

Barbee, shot in the shoulder, and three other youths ran about a half-mile to Barbee’s home on Dovalon Place, and waited an hour before calling for help around 6 a.m., investigators said.

Barbee died shortly after arriving at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital.

Reb Barbee was shot committing a burglary, and died more than an hour later.
Reb Barbee was shot committing a burglary, and died more than an hour later, likely because his accomplices didn’t call for help.

This is a crime that turned into a death because of the compounded stupidity of young criminals. In all likelihood, Reb Barbee would have lived if he had received prompt medical attention. Instead, he and his accomplices fled more than a half mile to Barbee’s home and did not call to get him medical attention for nearly an hour.

The emerging story of a home invasion gone wrong is radically different from an earlier version of events, in which Barbee was presented as a good kid who was “murdered” for no apparent reason.

Grief stricken family and friends are trying to make sense of the shooting death of 17 year-old Reb Barbee.

Authorities are releasing few details about the murder, but neighbors say the teenager was shot on Lakefield Drive in Galloway around 5 a.m. Sunday.

Family friends said the victim managed to stumble back to his home on Dovalon Court, leaving behind a trail of blood on the street.

Neighbor Sheila Williams said she got the news from the teen’s mother and was heartbroken.

“Please tell me it is not true and she said yes it is,” said Williams. “He was shot in the back.”

Barbee attended Tolles Technical Center in Plain City with his childhood friend Robert Wadsworth.

He was in tears after learning about Barbee’s murder and said things like this don’t happen in Galloway.

“To see this going on in my own neighborhood, I don’t know what to think,” said Wadsworth. “He’s been my elementary school buddy for life. I rode the bus growing up with him.”

Barbee’s accomplices will be charged with murder today for Barbee’s death under the state’s implementation of the felony murder rule.

Neighbors said that Barbee was a “good kid” that had recently started hanging out with a bad crowd.

It appears that this “bad crowd” let him die.