CLAYTON — A suspected drug transaction Sunday led to the City of Clayton’s first homicide in seven years.
James Sexton II, 25, of West Milton, died Monday at Miami Valley Hospital from complications related to a gunshot wound he suffered as the result of a drug transaction gone bad.
Sunday at 5 p.m. police received a dispatch to both Good Samaritan North Health Center and to the Circle K convenience store at 7939 N. Main Street on a possible shooting.
“One of the officers went to Good Sam North where we found the victim, James Sexton II of West Milton, along with his mother, Rhonda Cowgill, also from West Milton,” said Police Chief Matt Hamlin. “They had been at Circle K and we believe it involved some sort of drug activity. Between the exchange the victim was shot once in the abdomen. After being shot, his mother took him immediately to Good Sam North.”
After being treated and stabilized by personnel at Good Samaritan North, Sexton was transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital for surgery. He died Monday from complications related to the gunshot wound.
Hamlin said police have not yet identified the shooter, but two detectives are working on some leads and are receiving help from outside resources to help track down the suspect.
Hamlin stressed the fact that this shooting is an anomaly.
“This is our first homicide in seven years,” Hamlin said. “This is a safe community. Clayton was voted one of the 50 safest cities in Ohio. We are ranked 42nd.”
He pointed out that the victims of the shooting are not Clayton residents and believes the shooter will turn out not to be a city resident.
Hamlin believes the crime took place at Circle K because of its being locate halfway between West Milton and the city of Dayton.
“These are outside people coming into Clayton to make an exchange, so it is not residents and not an internal issue,” Hamlin added. “It wasn’t a big drug transaction. It was just people coming here using Main Street as their corridor and we just happen to be halfway between West Milton and Dayton.”
Clayton’s last homicide victim was Andrew Lesko, 45, who was shot June 16, 2008 in his home located along State Route 49. The front door of Lesko’s home was kicked in and the house ransacked after he was shot multiple times. That homicide remains unsolved and police do not believe it was drug related.
Hamlin pointed out that both State Route 48 and 49 are corridors for drug traffickers with most of the activity taking place along 49, but that is starting to subside.
Hamlin stated that those who sell and use drugs are starting to spread the word that Clayton Police have been cracking down on drug activity along the 49 corridor. Those individuals are finding alternate routes to Dayton and Hamlin believes that traffic has shifted south to the Route 35 corridor.
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