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Deadly Standoff With Deputies Erupts After Brothers Open Fire On Bail Bondsman

Updated: Aug 22, 2022

Two Knox County brothers died early Saturday morning during a shootout with Knox County Sheriff's Office deputies at the family's home on Gilchrist Road in Mt. Vernon.

Brad Wilhelm (L), Randy Wilhelm (R).

Brad Wilhelm, 53, and Randy Wilhelm, 56, owners of Wilhelm Propane Gas, died on the scene; a source tells The Sussi Report.

The incident, according to our source, began Friday night when a bail bondsman was surveilling the brothers' home and preparing to arrest Randy Wilhelm on an outstanding warrant for domestic violence. The bondsman told police that gunfire erupted from Wilhelm's property and his pickup truck took at least six rifle rounds. The bondsman was not injured.

When Knox County deputies arrived on the scene, our source says that a large propane truck was parked in front of the home, and the brothers, both armed, were at times mobile on a side-by-side ATV. Our source describes Wilhelm's property as a "large compound." He says, "there was a lot of activity going on."

According to our source, the brothers lived in the home with their mother. The Knox County Sheriff's Office says two people were safely removed from the home.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says none of their deputies were injured. The Ohio Highway Patrol says that its helicopter was also shot at but not hit. The case remains under investigation.

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