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Chief: Miami Township shooting was planned attack involving money and drugs, victim knew suspects

Posted at 12:05 PM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 18:00:35-04

MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Kristopher Jordan Ketring knew the two armed, masked men who broke into his home early Tuesday morning and left him shot to death, police Chief Mike Mills said in a Thursday afternoon news conference announcing their arrests.

Mills said 20-year-old Bryson Michaelis and a 17-year-old accomplice had come with a plan to rob Ketring. He did not specify what investigators believed the pair hoped to take but said money and drugs were both involved in the confrontation.

“Unfortunately, drugs is a part of just about everything we do,” Mills said. Unfortunately.”

Both Michaelis and the accomplice stand charged with murder. Mills did not clarify which of the men was believed to have killed Ketring.

Police seized numerous weapons during their investigation of the incident, he said.

Ketring’s father, Jeff Ketring, acknowledged Tuesday his son had begun to make decisions and socialize with people he considered dangerous. Jeff Ketring added he had repeatedly tried to encourage his son — who preferred to go by his middle name, Jordan — to change his life.

Their last such conversation had been two weeks before the attack.

Mills said he hoped the two arrests would soothe the worries of people who lived near the scene.

“I think we’ve calmed the neighbors down,” he said. “Your typical homicides are known suspects, known persons. They’re not random. They don’t just go down the street and pick a house out to go into. They pick a house out that they know who lives there and what they want to go after.”