Murder Suspect In Death Of 8-Year-Old Boy Arrested

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After weeks of running from police, a man wanted in connection with a shooting that left his 8-year-old nephew dead is behind bars.

SWAT nabbed 23-year-old Robert Broom Thursday morning in south Columbus.

Police arrested Broom near Southwood Avenue and 17th Street around 8:30 a.m.

He now faces murder charges in the shooting that left his 8-year-old nephew, Jamerion Broom-Cox, dead.

10TV caught up with police as they escorted Broom to jail. Broom didn't say much.

When asked if he had anything to say to his family, he said “I love them.”

He gave a short response when asked about his nephew but did not answer any further questions.

"Rest in heaven,” he said.

Police say Broom was driving a car on April 11 with his nephew and another child in the backseat.

Detectives say Broom fired a gun and, at some point, a bullet fired by someone outside the car struck Jamerion in the head.

Jamerion was taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital where he later died.

Family members spoke to 10TV last month.

They said Broom had been having problems with a group of people he encountered while riding along Roswell Drive.

Broom reportedly got out of the car not far from the shooting and disappeared from police until Thursday morning.

After nearly a month of searching, police arrested Broom in a southside neighborhood.

With Broom now in jail, detectives say they can start focusing on who else may have been involved in the shootout.

Columbus police are not ruling out the possibility that this incident may have been gang-related.

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