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Dragun Defense #017: Suspect charged in murder of man in crowded Walmart parking lot

The Analysis

  • Deadly Shooting at Westwood Walmart, 2322 Ferguson Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45238

Prosecutor Response (Video)

  • Joe Deters, Hamilton County Prosecutor

  • Suspect charged as of Wednesday, April 27th 2022

Chaos Date

  • Saturday, November 27th, 2021 at about 3:30 p.m.

  • Victim: Jamontea Brown

  • Suspect: Josiah Hassel, 26

Jamontea Brown pictured holding a baby.
Jamontea Brown pictured holding a baby.
Josiah Hassel indicted for aggravated murder and other charges for the fatal shooting of Jamontea Brown at the Ferguson Walmart on Nov. 27 (Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office)
Josiah Hassel indicted for aggravated murder and other charges for the fatal shooting of Jamontea Brown at the Ferguson Walmart on Nov. 27 (Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office)














Jamontea Brown holding a baby.


Position/Scenario

  • Victim appears to be talking to two other people while waiting for a ride

  • Victim was shot point blank shooting at the back of the head by suspect

  • Suspect got away in the black car seen in some of the surveillance video.

Motive

  • The shooting was the result of a squabble over a small sum of money

Condition

  • Broad daylight

  • Crowded Walmart parking lot

Community Response

  • "He (Josiah Hassel), is incredibly dangerous. Anybody willing to do something like that should never be on our streets."

  • Shooting leaves shoppers panicked, neighborhood leaders furious

  • Westwood Community leaders say "Neighbors are still on edge from this incident"

  • "There's a fear for our neighbors' safety. We want our neighborhood to be a place where everyone feels welcome, safe to go about their business and have a nice, safe, comfortable place to live."

  • “The shooters, these fools out here, have no conscience right now. They feel real confident, like everything is going to be alright once they do this”: Rodney Christian, president of East Westwood’s Community Council

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Dragun Defense is an integrative defense firm based in North Carolina that specializes in self-defense training, weapon education, defense algorithms, and real-world analysis. We teach law-abiding citizens how to avoid, flee, or neutralize potentially lethal situations for the sake of their own safety and the safety of others.

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