Police: Man Kills Girlfriend, Then Shoots At Ex-Wife Among Others

By John W. Davis

June 18, 2010 Updated Jan 2, 2010 at 7:51 PM EDT

DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - "It's sad. Very sad. It's shocking. It will take a while to get over," said Laurie Ford, a life long resident of Waterloo, Indiana.

Similar feelings are resonating across the small communities of Waterloo and Auburn after police arrested 39 year old Ronnie Jones following Friday's shooting death of 32 year old Melissa Patrick.

"Well the buzz I've heard is shock and surprise that something like that would happen in a small town like this," said Milt Moore, a long-time bar manager in Waterloo.

The Indiana State Police spent Saturday interviewing witnesses and serving search warrants to gather more evidence surrounding Friday afternoon shooting spree.

Investigators report that around 12:10 p.m. Friday, January 1st, Dekalb County and Waterloo police officers responded to a call in the 3100 block of County Road 427 in Waterloo.

Officers say they arrested Ronnie Jones, who allegedly killed his girlfriend Melissa Patrick Friday morning, after an argument about their relationship at her job in Auburn.

However, around 12:10 p.m., Jones was arrested in Waterloo where he was trying to kill his ex-wife, Sara Grimm and her boyfriend, Jason Patrick, the estranged husband of Melissa Patrick who was fatally shot.

Witnesses told police that Ronnie Jones shot into his ex-wife's home, but was eventually shot back at and wounded in the thigh by the ex-wife's boyfriend, Jason Patrick.

After being shot, Jones then got into his Jeep and drove reckless towards the house and drove through his ex-wife's front door.

No one, including six children inside the home were hurt.

"I wouldn't say less safe necessarily but it really reminds you that stuff like that can happen out of nowhere," said Grayson Hart, a grocery store employee in Waterloo's one-block downtown.

At this time, Ronnie Jones is being held in the Dekalb County Jail.
Jones faces murder charges for the death of Melissa Patrick.

Detectives believe Jones could face possibly charges of attempted murder and criminal recklessness.

The Dekalb County Prosecutor is expected to release any additional charges by Monday afternoon.

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