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Suspect charged with murder in fatal southeast Columbus shooting arrested

Police said a call for a reported shooting came in around 10:15 p.m. in the 2100 block of Haviland Drive.
Credit: Franklin County Sheriff's Office

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus SWAT team members arrested a man on Friday accused of fatally shooting another man in southeast Columbus in early September. 

Brandon Lee Smith, 32, is charged with murder in the death of 43-year-old Donnie R. Ferguson. 

Police were called to a reported shooting at around 10:15 p.m. on Sept. 6 in the 2100 block of Haviland Drive. 

Officers found Ferguson suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Grant Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead at 10:42 p.m.

Initial investigations indicate that Ferguson was in a confrontation earlier in the day that may have led to the shooting.

Smith was arrested without incident in the 1800 block of North 4th Street, according to police. 

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call please call the Columbus Police Homicide Unit at (614) 645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-TIPS (8477). 

Ferguson's death marked the 143rd homicide in Columbus this year.

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