Cincinnati police name suspect in Walnut Hills homicide of man who struck child

Posted at 1:15 PM, Mar 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 21:34:49-04

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati police have named a suspect in the shooting death of Jamie Urton, the 44-year-old man who police and witnesses say struck a 4-year-old boy with his car in Walnut Hills last week.

Police say Deonte Baber, 25, shot Urton. He's wanted on a murder warrant.

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Urton was driving when he hit a boy on Kenton Street between Burbank and Wilkinson streets at about noon last Friday, according to police. Police said he crossed the roadway in front of the car and was struck.

An altercation developed between the onlookers and Urton, who was then out of the vehicle. Someone shot him, and Urton died later at the hospital.

The boy was released from the hospital Saturday with bleeding in his brain.

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Urton worked at the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. John Mitchell, CEO, said he hopes the person responsible is held accountable for committing "a terrible, heinous act." 

“Jamie was a great man. He was a hard worker, very versatile, caring, a great teammate, a great friend to everyone at the agency," Mitchell said. 

Police said Baber should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information should call the Criminal Investigation Section at 352-3542 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 352-3040 or text “CINTIP” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).