Man arrested in Chillicothe, charged with murder

A third suspect wanted in connection with the June 14 death of a man shot during an ambush at an apartment complex and found at a gas station in southeast Columbus was arrested Thursday in the county by Ross.

Caleb Elijah Johnson, 26, of southeast Columbus, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Chillicothe and is being held at the Ross County Jail, according to county jail records. He was charged by Columbus police with premeditated aggravated murder and multiple counts of assault with a weapon in the ambush and shooting death of Jahaan Harris, 25, according to Franklin County court records.

Johnson will be returned to Columbus to face those charges. He is the third suspect arrested in connection with Harris' death as Columbus police homicide detectives continue to investigate the fatal shooting.

Danielle Hardy, 35, of the city's West Side, was arrested June 20 and charged with murder and several counts of felonious assault. D'Angelo Gravely, 28, was arrested the same day as his indictment, June 21, and is also charged with murder, multiple counts of attempted murder and multiple counts of felonious assault.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Columbus police, Johnson coordinated with Hardy, Gravely and others in the early hours of June 14 to follow Harris and other members of his group walking from the 2600 block of Noe-Bixby Road to Refugee Road. The trio followed Harris and the group through the Amberly Square Apartments when they opened fire on the group, shooting Harris in the upper back.

Police responding to a report of a shooting at 1:40 a.m. found Harris with gunshot wounds at a nearby Sunoco gas station on Noe-Bixby Road at the intersection with Refugee Road.

Madison Township firefighters transported Harris to Mount Carmel East Hospital, where he died at 2:31 a.m. from his injuries.

An arraignment date for Johnson has not yet been set, according to court records. A preliminary hearing for Hardy is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, and Gravely's is scheduled for July 1.

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