A man who served at least five stints in Ohio prisons was identified yesterday as the armed intruder who was fatally shot by a Franklinton homeowner Saturday night.
John Anthony Ross, 33, died of a single gunshot wound to the upper body, Franklin County Coroner Brad Lewis said yesterday.
Ross was carrying a handgun when he kicked in the back door of a house at 962 Sullivant Ave. about 8:35 p.m., police said.
He was confronted by the 79-year-old homeowner, Virgil R. Lovejoy, who wrestled with Ross before pulling his own gun and firing one shot.
Police said Ross, who fled the house and collapsed in a nearby alley, died less than an hour later at Mount Carmel West hospital.
Lovejoy declined to comment when he was contacted at his home yesterday.
Police listed Rossí address as 194 S. Yale Ave., but on Nov. 27 his mother told officers responding to a report that he kicked in her back door that she had evicted him, according to an offense report.
In early November, police were called to the Yale Avenue address on a report that Ross had cut his arms after taking cocaine and ecstasy.
Ross spent four years in the Noble Correctional Institution after a robbery conviction in Fairfield County in 2000, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction records show.
He was sent to state prisons from Franklin County in 1994, 1996, 1997 and 2006 for convictions that included breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and theft.