Sacto 9-1-1
December 9, 2012
Man arrested in connection with fatal road rage shooting

By Anne Gonzales
afgonzales@sacbee.com

Road rage reportedly led to the death of Duane Lomax, 36, in north Sacramento County in the early morning hours Saturday.

Sacramento sheriff's deputies arrested Brian Jones, 24, on suspicion of murder and violating probation in connection with the shooting of Lomax, a resident of Atlanta, Ga.

Just after 2 a.m. Saturday, sheriff's deputies said Lomax called 911 to report that he was following a vehicle with two women, one of whom he said brandished a firearm at him, off of Elkhorn Boulevard near North Highlands.

During the call, the man said another vehicle had pulled alongside and shots were being fired at him. The call then went dead.

When sheriff's deputies responded to Predial and Essence ways, they found a man in the driver's seat of a vehicle stopped in the roadway. He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Based on a description made by the victim before being shot, deputies found the vehicle with two women, and another vehicle being driven by Jones. All three were detained and questioned. Meanwhile, sheriff's deputies said they found a firearm in the area where they had seen Jones driving.

Sheriff's homicide detectives believe that Lomax was involved in a "road rage incident" with the two unidentified women shortly before he called 911. The women drove away and Lomax followed them in his vehicle.

The women said they became concerned because the other vehicle was following them through residential neighborhoods, so they called a male relative, who drove to find them with the intention of confronting the victim, sheriff's reports said.

"Detectives do not believe this was a conspired event between Jones and the two women, but rather a decision made solely by Jones in response to him receiving the phone call from his relative," said a statement from the sheriff's department.

Detectives said the weapon brandishing reported by Lomax was unfounded, and the women were released.

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