Man arrested in woman’s deadly shooting inside Clermont County subdivision

The shooting happened after a drug deal gone wrong, according to detectives.
Published: Jan. 18, 2023 at 7:12 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2023 at 7:23 AM EST
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BATAVIA TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WXIX) - A man is behind bars charged in the shooting death of a woman inside a car late Tuesday.

Ryan Vest, 30, faces one count each of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and evidence tampering, according to the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrested him during a traffic stop on OH-32 in Union Township on Wednesday.

Ryan Vest
Ryan Vest(Clermont County Sheriff's Office)

The vehicle involved in the shooting has not been recovered.

Anyone who sees it is urged to contact the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office at 513.732.7510 or Sgt. Nick Crouch at 513.781.2256.

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The car believed to have been used in a deadly shooting in Clermont County.
The car believed to have been used in a deadly shooting in Clermont County.(Clermont County Sheriff's Office)

Earlier Wednesday, the sheriff’s office identified the woman shot to death as 39-year-old Casey Hamblin Moss.

“The investigation has revealed that this was not a random act of violence. This incident stemmed from a drug transaction, a dispute over money, which led to a chase and inevitably the shooting incident....” Chief Deputy Chris Stratton wrote in a news release.

“This investigation remains ongoing at this time and details will be released as they develop.”

Moss was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in the 3800 block of Magnolia Drive around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to the criminal complaint.

A man who claimed to be Moss’ boyfriend said he was driving with her to buy drugs from someone named “Ace” at the Wendy’s near Bach Buxton Road, per the complaint.

After buying the drugs and leaving the Wendy’s, “Ace” demanded the pair bring back the drugs believing he had been shorted money, the complaint reads. He allegedly pursued them around the area in another car and then pulled up side-by-side on Back Grove Court and opened fire, hitting Moss in the head.

The sheriff’s office has video evidence from nearby residents of the shooting as well as the vehicle fleeing the scene.

The man who claimed to be Moss’ boyfriend identified “Ace” as Vest.

Vest is currently being held at the Clermont County Jail without bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 19.

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