XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – A murder suspect appeared in court Thursday hours after police say he shot and killed his roommate. The incident is the first deadly shooting Xenia police have seen in two years.
Steven Bruce Brown Jr. is now being charged with felony murder in connection with the death of his 19-year-old roommate Justin Mapp. According to a police report, a fight broke out between the two men inside their home in the 700 block of Richard Drive shortly before the shooting. Neighbors I spoke nearby say they’re in disbelief.
“Really this is a quiet neighborhood,” Angel Gillon said. “My kids grew up in this neighborhood and my husband and his sibling grew up here.”
That’s why Angela Gillon was shocked when Police rushed to this home around 1 a.m. Thursday after someone called 911 telling dispatchers his friend had shot another friend. When police arrived they found Mapp laying face down on the living room floor. His shirt covered in blood.
Paramedics performed CPR on Mapp at the scene and quickly rushed him to Greene County Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
“There was a verbal and physical altercation,” Xenia Police Captain Scott Anger said. “At some point during the altercation an individual was shot.”
According to the police report, Brown told officers Mapp grabbed for his gun, struggled with him and then the gun accidentally went off. The third roommate, home at the time, told police he witnessed the two fighting, but doesn’t say how Mapp was shot.
Brown appeared in court this afternoon via video conference where he was officially arraigned on the murder charge. Gillon says she’s spotted Brown before.
“I’ve seen him,” Gillon said. “Walk through here before.”
“At this point, we don’t have a motivation or reason for the fight,” Capt. Anger said. “These two individuals know each other there was a verbal that escalated to a physical altercation. One individual produced a hand gun and a shot was fired.”
Brown is currently being held in the Greene County Jail on a $100,000 bond.