Neighborhood dispute ends in murder, SWAT team response

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COLUMBUS, OH – On Sunday, June 20, 2021, at 3:37pm,, Columbus Police Officers were called to 2000 block of Walnut Hill Park Dr. on a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers found 43-year-old Jason Keys suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Keys was transported to Mount Carmel East Hospital in critical condition, where he was pronounced deceased at 4:19 pm.

Keys and his wife were attending a Father’s Day party at a family member’s home. As Keys and his wife were leaving, a neighborhood dispute erupted. During this dispute, several people produced firearms, including Keys. 24-year-old Elias Smith, who was not involved in the dispute, heard arguing and fired several shots at Keys from his home, fatally wounding him.

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Smith then retreated inside his home and refused to come out prompting a response by SWAT. Smith was arrested and charged with Murder for causing Keys’ death.


Anyone with information regarding this incident, is asked to contact CPD’s Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or ralemmon@columbuspolice.off or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-TIPS (8477).