(SEYMOUR) – Jackson County Sheriff’s Department detectives continue to search for a motive in the shooting death of 28-year-old Ryan Joseph Ross.
Ross, of Seymour, was found shot to death at an apartment at the Sycamore Springs apartment building on 2710 Bent Tree Lane at 5:37 a.m. Thursday.
According to Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer, officers responded to the apartment after 30-year-old Tobias Au called 911 reporting he had shot Ross after he violated a protective order.
Police then arrested Au on a charge of murder.
Police say Ross had been in a relationship with Dakota Anderson who lived at the apartment. The two had a child together. Anderson was now dating Au.
Police say neither Ross nor Au lived at the apartment with Anderson.
In January, Anderson filed a protective order against Ross, who lived in Jennings County. Police have not yet confirmed that Ross was ever served that protective order
Police say Ross arrived at the apartment Thursday morning for a visit with his child. Ross knocked on the door and Anderson let him in.
Au had arrived at the apartment a short time before Ross and was also inside the apartment.
When Ross stepped inside the apartment, Au shot him several times.
Police say Anderson’s child and a second child were present during the shooting.
Au then called 911 to report the shooting. Au was arrested. No charges have been filed against Anderson but police say that could change as they continue to investigate the incident.
Police say there was no known animosity between Au and Ross at the time of the shooting.
The incident remains under investigation.