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Man wanted for murder at Upper Arlington shopping center; city's first homicide since 2010

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A homicide investigation is underway in Upper Arlington, according to a police department spokesperson. (WSYX/WTTE)

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A homicide investigation is underway in Upper Arlington, according to a police department spokesperson.

It's the city's first since 2010, according to police.

"Anytime you have something like this happen, it's unfortunate," said UAPD Officer Bryan McKean.

Officers responded to the China Dynasty on West Lane Avenue after a reported altercation between two men. When police arrived, they found 31-year-old Columbus man in a mulch bed between the building and some bushes, unresponsive and bleeding. He was taken by medics Riverside Methodist Hospital where he died.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for Jeffery Lamar Smith after witnesses identified him as the suspect. They said he argued with the victim before he was allegedly seen on top of him in the bushes.

A 911 caller and witness said an employee at China Dynasty got in an argument with victim earlier that day. Police said the employee called Smith and told him about the argument, but claimed she did not ask him to come to the restaurant.

Neighbors are still coming to grips with the news.

One man who lives nearby walked by to check out the scene near the restaurant.

"It's a very calm area here," said Taha Alghothani, who lives across the street, "I saw first thing on Twitter that this happened, so it kind of shook me up."

If anyone has seen Smith or knows where he might be, you're asked to call Upper Arlington Police at 614-583-5160.

ABC 6/FOX 28 is working to get more details on this developing story.

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