DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The suspect arrested in the deaths of three people on Oxford Avenue Wednesday has a previous record.
A 2 NEWS Investigation uncovered that Muhammed Shabazz Ali changed his name from Robert Ford to his current name in 2006, after serving 21 years at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution for a voluntary manslaughter.
He was convicted of the charge in 1988.RELATED COVERAGE: Third victim dies in fatal shooting on Oxford Avenue
He was paroled January of 2009.
Now, Ali is accused of killing 25-year-old Michael D. Cox, Tammy Cox, 53, and Jasper Taylor, 74.
Dayton police were called to the shooting at 35 Oxford Avenue around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.
Ali was caught nearly two miles away from the scene after a “brief chase,” according to police.
We found hours earlier, Ali was taken to the hospital with mental health concerns.
According to a 911 dispatch log, around 8:30 AM, police were called to Day-Mont Behavioral Health because Ali was throwing chairs and pulling items off walls while screaming. Once police arrived they took Ali to 405 W. Grand Ave which is the address for Grandview Medical Center. The log says at 9:31 AM, Ali was ‘Pink Slipped’ meaning paperwork was filed for Ali’s emergency hospitalization.
According to state law, a doctor has 24 hours to examine the ‘pink slip’ patient and has 3 days to admit voluntarily or to file an affidavit for court ordered hospitalization. It’s up to the doctor to decide after the mental health evaluation if the patient should be admitted.
We asked a spokesperson at Grandview about the incident. They said due to patient privacy regulations, they cannot share private information or comment.