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Harry W. Trombitas & Stephen L. Martin on Trying the I-270 Sniper

The I-270 Shooting Case

Harry W. Trombitas,
Special Agent, FBI
Stephen L. Martin,
Chief Deputy, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

Two women, life-long friends, were out for a great day of shopping and catching up. They were enjoying a beautiful morning together. It was approximately 9:58 am on Tuesday, November 25, 2003, when their lives would be changed forever.

As they drove along the south side of Columbus on I-270 eastbound, a loud “bang” rang out, startling both women. “What was that?” they both asked at the same moment. Mrs. Mary Cox was driving the Pontiac Grand Am at the time and searched frantically for the source of the noise. All of a sudden, her best friend, Mrs. Gail Knisley, slumped over in the front passenger seat. Mrs. Cox pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road and did her best to keep her composure as she dialed ‘911.’ Help arrived within minutes, which seemed like hours, yet Mrs. Knisley died from a gunshot wound that nicked her aorta.

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