Uber Driver, 61, Allegedly Shot Dead by 81-Year-Old Man Who Believed He Was Being Scammed

William Brock has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting and killing Loletha Hall outside his house in Ohio on March 25

<p>Lo-Letha Toland-Hall/Facebook; Clark County Sheriff

Lo-Letha Toland-Hall/Facebook; Clark County Sheriff's Office

Loletha Hall (left); William Brock

A 61-year-old Uber driver in Ohio was allegedly shot and killed by an 81-year-old man who was under the false belief that she was involved in an effort to scam him.

On March 25, William Brock called the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and reported that he had shot a woman, according to an affidavit obtained by PEOPLE.

Brock allegedly told authorities that “a male on the phone threatened him and his family,” and when Loletha Hall, an Uber driver, arrived at his home, “he thought she was going to harm him.”

However, upon investigation, authorities determined that Hall was “not associated with the male on the phone” nor was she a threat to Brock. On April 10, Brock was arrested and charged with murder. He pleaded not guilty, according to court docs, and his bond was set at $200,000.

Hall, who was shot “several times,” according to the criminal complaint, was transported to a local hospital where she died from her injuries.

<p>Clark County Sheriff's Office</p> William Brock

Clark County Sheriff's Office

William Brock

When authorities arrived at Brock’s home in South Charleston, Ohio, they found Hall suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and he had suffered injuries to his head and ear, according to local outlet NBC4i. Hall was unarmed when Brock shot her, per authorities.

Lt. Kristopher Shultz of the Clark County Sheriff's Office told NBC News that Brock had received a “scam call” earlier that day from a person “purporting to be someone from our courts who informed him a family member was incarcerated and that he had a bond of a significant amount of money.”

“The calls turned from 'I'm an officer in the court' to 'We have this subject hostage, this is a ransom demand,’ ” Shultz told the outlet.

A ride was then requested by the scam caller, or someone associated, on the Uber app, sending Hall to Brock’s home, per NBC News.

Upon her arrival, she “did not have any idea,” Schultz said, according to the outlet. Brock confronted her, asking who she was working with, took her cell phone and blockaded her exit. Hall was shot three times, Schultz said, and allegedly only after the third time  “did he then make contact with authorities to report the incident."

<p>Lo-Letha Toland-Hall/Facebook</p> Loletha Hall

Lo-Letha Toland-Hall/Facebook

Loletha Hall

An Uber spokesperson tells PEOPLE in a statement, "This is a horrific tragedy and our hearts continue to be with Loletha’s loved ones as they grieve. We have been in contact with law enforcement and remain committed to supporting their investigation."

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According to an obituary for Hall, she was a Columbus, Ohio native who had been living in Charlotte, N.C., before moving back home in 2023. She was described as an “incredible cook,” and had retired from work at the Regional Income Tax Agency.

She is survived by her 33-year-old son, Mario.

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