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July 9, 2020

5/8/2020 1:38:00 PM
Jennings man shot to death Wednesday
Ryan Joseph Ross, a Jennings resident, passed away from gunshot wounds Wednesday. He is remembered as a
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Ryan Joseph Ross, a Jennings resident, passed away from gunshot wounds Wednesday. He is remembered as a "country boy" and skilled tradesman.

A rural Jennings County resident was shot to death early Wednesday morning in Seymour.

Dead is Ryan Joseph Ross, 28, who grew up here and graduated from JCHS in 2010. Described as "a country boy" by a fellow classmate, Ross was most recently working at Tradesman International, according to his Facebook page.

According to news reports, Seymour police answered a call about a shooting on the east side of that town at 5:37 a.m. Wednesday. Tobias Au, 30, of Hope called police and allegedly admitted shooting Ross, said Sheriff Rick Meyer in a news conference Thursday afternoon outside the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown.

The sheriff said Meyer was in a relationship with Dakota Anderson, who lived in the apartment where the shooting occurred. The two had a child together, and Ross was at the home to exchange their child.

The woman was now dating Au, who arrived at the apartment soon after Ross was let into the apartment by Anderson. Ross was shot several times by Au. Reportedly, two children were in the home at the time of the shooting.

The Jackson County Sheriff Department is investigating a motive for the shooting.

It is known that Anderson was granted a protective order against Ross in January, but an attempt to serve the order at Ross' home was unsuccessful. The officer serving the order at the rural Hayden address was told Ross had moved out of Jennings, according to a report.

An internet search for any criminal charges filed in the past against Au in Jackson, Jennings and Bartholomew counties revealed a ticket for disregarding a stop sign in Nov. 2010 in Bartholomew County.

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