Suspected gang leader dies after exchanging gunfire with officers in Columbus

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Jermonte Fletcher (Photo via U.S. Marshals)
Jermonte Fletcher (Photo via U.S. Marshals)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say the suspected ringleader of a gang with 2-decade-old roots in Columbus was shot and killed as officers tipped to his whereabouts tried to arrest him.

Defendant Jermonte Fletcher had been a fugitive for more than a year following his indictment in December 2013 on multiple charges of drug dealing and illegal weapons possession.

Authorities said Fletcher was killed Tuesday morning on the south side of Columbus during a shoot-out with members of a fugitive task force trying to arrest him. An officer was injured and hospitalized in stable condition.

Prosecutors say the Short North Posse, dating to the 1990s, distributed drugs including crack cocaine throughout Ohio and in other states, and recruited individuals from elsewhere to join the gang’s operations in central Ohio.

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