Whitehall police arrested a 38-year-old woman Nov. 7 for murder in connection with the city’s third homicide of the year.

Police responded at 6:44 p.m. Nov. 7 to a residence at 4450 Josephus Lane on a report of a shooting, Whitehall police Chief Mike Crispen said.

Police found Thomas Battle, 53, suffering from gunshot injuries.

Battle was transported to Mount Carmel East Hospital where he was pronounced dead, said Whitehall detective John Grebb.

The investigation “quickly led to the arrest” of Crystal Lanier, 38, the mother of Battle’s son, at her residence on East Mound Street in Whitehall, Grebb said.

Lanier was charged with murder and was transported to the Franklin County jail.

It's the third homicide of 2019 in Whitehall.

On Sept. 5, 29-year-old Trevel Robertson of Canal Winchester was fatally shot outside an apartment building at 768 S. Hamilton Road.

Police arrested 21-year-old Treyrek Deshawn Hairston of Whitehall after he ran into the restroom of an adjacent business.

The victim and the suspects were acquainted and argued immediately prior to the shooting, police said.

On June 25, police responded to a report of a car that struck a fire hydrant in front of a residence at McAllister and Pierce avenues.

Michael A Hogan, 20, of South James Road in Columbus was driving the car and died at the scene, police said.

A witness reported seeing a male passenger run away from the vehicle, police said.

No arrests have been made in the June 25 homicide, police said.

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