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Man killed in I-75 shooting, found at roadside, identified

Posted at 1:27 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 11:17:33-04

A fatal Monday afternoon shooting on Interstate 75 left one man dead and closed the highway for several hours.

The victim was 64-year-old James L. Brown from the Dayton, Ohio, area, according to Miami Township police. The cause and manner of his death has not yet been released, but officers said the attack was not random.

Witnesses to the shooting described seeing a blue Jeep driving alongside the man’s vehicle — a white SUV — and an unknown person firing at him, according to police. Bullets hit the SUV at least three times.

Investigators found the man on the side of the road. The Jeep kept driving.

Middletown police later pulled over a Jeep matching its description, briefly detaining all three people inside. Two had been released by 4 p.m.; one remained in custody over outstanding warrants.

Miami Township Lt. Mike Siney, speaking at a news conference, said his department was unsure whether the shooting had been related to road rage and had not identified the shooter.

“Obviously, we’re looking at everything right now," he said. "Everything’s on the table. We don’t know if this was a road rage incident or if the subjects knew each other, but obviously we're looking at all angles.”

He asked anyone who had been in the area at the time of the shooting — roughly around noon — to contact the Miami Township Police Department with information.