Police: Rosemont Drive robbery suspect injured during early May shootout

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comMay 16, 2014 

Joshua Irby

Police say a 21-year-old man charged with an early May aggravated assault was involved in a shootout that critically injured one Smiths Station, Ala., man, according to a Columbus police report.

Joshua Irby told detectives he was shot after a Rosemont Drive fight between several men ended in drawn weapons on May 5, according to a report. A 30-year-old man was rushed to surgery at Midtown Medical Center during the incident for critical injuries received during the fight.

According to a report, detectives initially suspected up to two additional people were injured during the May 5 crossfire, but were unable to locate the victims because they ran away. Police confirmed Irby's involvement in the incident after he was jailed for violation of probation on May 7.

Police have also connected Irby to a May 4 attempted robbery, which also occurred on Rosemont Drive. According to earlier reports, Irby pistol-whipped a 38-year-old man near the 4400 block. A suspect attempted to rob a 60-year-old Ledger-Enquirer newspaper carrier minutes later.

No charges have been filed against Irby in connection with the May 5 shooting.

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