Arrest made after 70-year-old man shot in Newark

NEWARK, OH (WCMH) – Police say a man was arrested early Friday morning after shooting a 70-year-old man.

The shooting happened around 5pm Thursday in the first block of Day Avenue in Newark.

According to Newark Police, Lawrence Barlett Jr. was shot by a man with dark clothing and a bandana over his face. He was flown to OSU’s Wexner Medical Center.

Police later identified Codey A. Spears, 26, as the suspect. He was located Friday morning sleeping in an apartment on the 300 block of North 21st Street.

Spears was taken into custody after a brief struggle, according to police.

Spears was released from prison in 2014 after serving a sentence for a 2008 aggravated robbery conviction. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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