Suspect in shooting over confederate flag arrested

By Emanuel Cavallaro
Staff Writer
Thursday, August 14, 2008

Springfield, Ohio — Authorities have arrested a man suspected in a July shooting incident that was connected to a dispute over a confederate flag.

Investigators with the Clark County Sheriff’s office arrested Frederick A. Griffin Jr. without incident at his 1215 West Liberty St. home on Thursday, August 14.

The 18-year-old Griffin is suspected in a July 28 shooting of 27-year-old Joshua Knox. The shooting incident apparently stemmed from an argument about a confederate flag Knox’s cousin was carrying at the Clark County Fair. Knox later told the News-Sun he was neither at the fair that day nor was he involved in the argument.

Knox said that on the evening of the shooting about 15 people he didn’t recognize showed up at his cousin’s house at 43 1/2 Jamestown Road in South Charleston, following a series of threatening phone-calls to the house throughout the day.

When Knox entered the house with a baseball bat and asked the people to leave, he got into a brief struggle, after which someone shot him in the upper thigh with a small caliber firearm.

"I heard the shot and I felt my leg was burning," Knox later said. He was treated and released from the hospital the same day

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