Woman dies after being shot near UPS facility in west Columbus

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- The Franklin County Coroner's Office says they woman shot this morning in the parking lot of a UPS distribution facility has died.

Joyce D. Fox was shot and killed early Friday morning.

According to the Columbus Division of Police, at about 4am, Friday, officers were called to the 5000 block of Trabue Road on the report of a shooting.

When officers arrived on scene they found a woman sitting in her vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound.

Police say 50-year-old Fox was shot by her 54-year-old former boyfriend Danny R. Fabro in the parking lot of the UPS distribution facility, where Fox worked.

Witnesses described Fabro's truck to police, and when officers located it, he fled from police. There was a pursuit that ended at W. Broad Street and Wilson Road after police deployed "stop sticks."

SWAT Officers were called to the scene, and police say when they approached the vehicle, they saw that the suspect had shot himself.

Fabro remains in critical condition.

John Presler lives in the same mobile home park and has known Fabro for more than 20 years. "Well I'm pretty freaked out about - really freaked out about it," Presler said.

Presler said Fabro and Fox had lived together until last November when, he says, they broke up.

Fabro was well known to the staff and customers at Spiros Cafe. Owner Vickie Papadimitriou says Fabro has been eating at the restaurant for years and was well known and well liked. "I'm not sure why this happened but it's so uncharacteristic for Danny to have anything like that in his demeanor," Papadimitriou said. "He's a very nice gentleman."

There have been several recent domestic violence-related shootings in Central Ohio.

Nancy Neylon at the Ohio Domestic Violence Network says high-risk indicators of potential lethal force include attempted strangulation, the threat of using weapons, and a recent separation.

Neylon says the first step for domestic violence victims is asking for help. "You do get the victims that have not made those calls - who've not called police, not reached out to anybody," Neylon said. "Those lethality factors may be there but they've not been recognized by anybody."

Neylon says last year there were 101 domestic violence fatalities in Ohio. Other statistics gathered by the Ohio Domestic Violence Network include:

  • 94% of Homicide / Suicide Cases Involved Guns
  • All Completed Homicide / Suicide Cases Were Perpetrated By Males
  • 8 Suspected Attackers Were Killed By Law Enforcement
  • 2 Law Enforcement Officers Were Killed By Perpetrators

"It is absolutely about power and control," Neylon said. "And anytime a victim makes a move to try and leave the situation, to try to seek help, that's when the danger increases."


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