COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A victim and a suspect have been named from a Sunday afternoon fatal shooting in south Columbus.
Columbus police said that Aaron Beamon, 20, has been arrested in connection with the death of Jashua Watts, 32, who was gunned down while sitting in his car in the 200 block of Buffalo Court in the Far South neighborhood.
According to a CPD incident report, officers arrived to find two adults suffering from gunshot wounds. One adult, Watts, was found in a gray sedan that had crashed into a line of trees just north of the dispatched location. He was pronounced dead by Columbus fire medics at 5:06 p.m.
The second adult was found in a nearby apartment and taken to Grant Medical Center and listed in critical condition. He has since been upgraded to stable condition.
Police said the incident began when Watts was in the car in a nearby parking lot when Beamon approached the car. Watts and Beamon had a brief conversation when they were approached by the second victim.
Police said it was at that point gunfire was exchanged, with Watts driving off and hitting a tree. In a warrant issued for Beamon prior to his arrest, he was charged with murder.
The investigation remains open and CPD asked anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Detective Johnson at (614) 645-4488, or email AJohnson@ColumbusPolice.org. Tipsters can also call Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-8477.