PD: Shots fired in North College Hill 'road rage' case

NORTH COLLEGE HILL, Ohio -- Police in North College Hill dealt Wednesday with a pair of "road rage" cases in which a driver and passenger dealt with collisions by pulling out their guns, according to Lt. John Ferguson.

No shots were fired in the first incident, in which police said 43-year-old Ira Combs struck a car carrying a mother and two young children and then brandished a gun at the family around 6:46 a.m. Wednesday. Combs was arrested and charged with aggravated menacing, improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and operation of a motor vehicle in willful disregard of safety.

An unloaded Smith and Wesson Model 4006, .40-caliber firearm was recovered from Combs' vehicle.

Ira Combs, 43

In the second, however, a passenger in a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Gregory Williams III fired at least six shots at surrounding cars after Williams struck another car during an attempted merge. This happened around 4 p.m. Wednesday on West Galbraith Road near Hamilton Avenue.

According to Ferguson, the driver of the second car ducked the shooting and drove into the median; Williams’ vehicle struck several other cars as the shots were fired. Stray bullets also hit the window of the Dragon City Chinese Restaurant.

Gregory C. Williams III, 18

No one was injured, and the shooter has not been identified, but Williams was arrested and charged with complicity to felonious assault -- itself a second-degree felony.

Lt. Ferguson encouraged anyone with information about Williams’ passenger, who was described as a black male between 16 and 18 years old, to contact the North College Hill Police Department at (513) 521-7171.

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