Columbus police investigate 138th homicide of 2017 after man kills postmaster

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus Police are investigating the city’s 138th homicide of 2017 after a postal worker under investigation killed two of his coworkers.

It happened off Bowland Place near Edwards Farms Road Saturday morning. Police were called to the scene when a man was alarming residents in an apartment complex. Police say the man was armed. When officers arrived, the man led officers on a brief pursuit, then dropped his weapon and was taken into custody. Officers found a woman dead outside the apartments.

According to Franklin County Municipal Court documents, 24-year-old suspect Deshaune Stewart threw the victim, Ginger Ballard, to the ground after arguing with her. Columbus Police said Ballard died instantly from blunt force trauma. The United States Postal Service website lists her as the postmaster of the Dublin branch.

Investigators say Ballard’s death is related to the fatal shooting that took place Saturday morning inside the post office in Dublin. The initial investigation has led officers to believe the suspect shot and killed a man at the post office on Emerald Parkway and then went to Bowland Place where he waited for Ballard.

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Stewart is in custody.

Police say both of the victims and the suspect were employees of the United States Postal Service. The suspect was under investigation at work.

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther released the following statement:

I am deeply saddened and angered at the most recent homicide in our city. At a time when many gather together to celebrate new beginnings, yet another family must struggle with a heartbreaking loss.

We must guard against treating this loss of human life as a mere statistic. This homicide is just as tragic as the first one of 2017.

The City is implementing a new comprehensive safety strategy to stem the tide of violence. We are investing more resources in the Columbus Division of Police, including a new class of police officers that started this past week, and two more scheduled for 2018. However, we cannot do it alone.

Half of the homicides in 2017 remain unsolved – which means the people who committed the crimes are still on our streets, able to perpetrate more violence.

As a community, we need to treat each victim of violence as if they were members of our own families. We must share in the pain and grief, but more importantly, the responsibility to hold those responsible accountable. We cannot remain silent as those intent on destroying life continue to terrorize our neighborhoods.

If you have information on any homicide or tips that can help stop violence in the community, please call 614-645-4730 or CrimeStoppers at 614-645-8477.

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List of homicides in Columbus by year:

2017
138*
2016
106
2015
99
2014
93
2013
93
2012
91
2011
96
2010
105
2009
84
2008
109
2007
79
2006
104
2005
104
2004
89
2003
112
2002
82
2001
81
2000
67
1999
72
1998
78
1997
84
1996
93
1995
79
1994
101
1993
112
1992
114
1991
139
1990
93

*138 homicides to date

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