Thursday, November 22, 2001

Armed man sought in slaying

Police consider him 'dangerous'

By William A. Weathers
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The city's 57th homicide of 2001 has police looking for a shooter they're calling “extremely dangerous.”

        Cincinnati police issued a murder warrant Wednesday night for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man in Over-the-Rhine earlier in the day.

        The suspect, 20-year-old Darrell Eugene Coad, who frequents the Over-the-Rhine and West End neighborhoods, is described by police as armed and “extremely dangerous.”

        Police said Mr. Coad is the man who shot Michael E. James Jr. in the street in the 1400 block of Vine at 11:25 a.m. Mr. James, 24, whose last known address was on Earnshaw Avenue in Mount Auburn, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at University Hospital. The victim, who had just been released from prison Wednesday morning, and Mr. Coad had been involved in an altercation about 10 minutes prior to the shooting, homicide unit Sgt. Anthony Carter said. But no words were exchanged when Mr. Coad approached the victim and shot him, he said.

        Mr. Coad, who may have facial injuries from the earlier altercation, may be attempting to flee the area to New York or North Carolina, police said. He is believed to have been in the Cincinnati area for only a couple of years.

        He is described by police as black, 5-foot-6 and 135 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black coat, gray hooded sweat shirt, black jeans and black boots.

        Mr. James is the 57th homicide victim in Cincinnati this year. There were 40 victims in all of 2000.

        Anyone with information regarding Mr. Coad's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040 or the homicide unit at 352-3542.


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