January 9, 2013
LIMA — Lima police have released the name of the man wounded following a shooting on Lima’s east side that left one man dead in December. Now they say they believe the incident may have been connected with a robbery.
Lima police originally responded to the 700 block of Dingledine Avenue at 11:58 p.m. Dec. 19, where they found Taveres Meeks, 29, who died from his injuries.
The other man that police hope to locate is J. Lee Grant, 29, of Lima. He is the man who was shot around the same time that Meeks was. Detectives believe his shooting was in connection with Meeks’ death.
Lima detectives look to interview Grant, who said he did not want to speak with them while he was recovering at Lima Memorial Health System but agreed to speak with them when he was released, according to Lima police. Police reported that since his release, Grant failed to cooperate with the investigation.
“He was an active part of what happened. He was shot, and he hasn’t told us what happened, who shot him or what the circumstances were when he was shot,” said Lima Police Det. Timothy Clark. “So we’re actively searching for him as best as we can.”
Detectives now believe the shooting may be a result of a robbery, but they are still continuing to investigate the incident.
“I will just say that our investigation is leading us to believe that this shooting did happen during the course of a robbery,” Clark said.
Police reported last week Grant had been released from the hospital, but he was not participating in the investigation.
“Not only is he not cooperating, but family members of his aren’t really either,” Clark said. “All of the sudden, they don’t know where he lives or where he’s at.”
Meeks’ autopsy, performed in Lucas County, revealed he died of a single gunshot wound to the torso area, Lt. Jim Baker said following the shooting.
If anyone has any information surrounding the events of that night, to call Clark at 419-221-5293, Det. Sean Neidemire at 419-221-5295, or Crime Stoppers at 419-229-7867.