Cars swerved back and forth before Norton road rage killing; city to give update Thursday

Norton police say the department has received “numerous leads” in its investigation of the death of George Jensen, 40, of Akron, who died last Wednesday after an apparent road rage incident on Interstate 76 eastbound near the Easton Road overpass.

The department said detectives plan to give an update on the investigation Thursday.

Meanwhile, a caller who reported the incident to 911 operators last week said he witnessed some of what happened.

“I think he’s been shot,” the caller can be heard saying to others on the scene as the dispatcher answered the phone. The caller then described what he saw.

“I believe there were two cars going back and forth with each other, and I think the guy got shot … he hit the wall. He swerved right, he swerved left,” the caller said. “There were two cars going back and forth, and this guy was trying to pass and I don’t know … This guy, he’s not going to make it.”

The 911 recording was provided by Southwest Summit Communications, which serves Barberton, Norton, Copley and Springfield Township.

Norton police said that before the shooting, there appeared to be a road rage incident between Jensen and another driver in a black 2018 or newer Chevy Camaro as the two traveled on I-76, and the driver of the Camaro fired multiple gunshots toward Jensen’s car as it drove past.

Jenson’s vehicle came to a stop when it struck the concrete median.

The driver of the Camaro was last seen leaving the area on I-76 eastbound. Anyone with information or who witnessed the incident should call the Norton Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-706-0084.

Scott Keenan, a co-worker with Jensen at ECS, said he began making calls to area law enforcement agencies and hospitals after the incident.

He said witnesses reported seeing someone firing at Jenson with a handgun.

Norton has not yet responded to an Akron Beacon Journal public records request filed Thursday for the incident and supplemental reports, including witness statements, on the case.

Eric Marotta can be reached at emarotta@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @MarottaEric.

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Norton road rage update Thursday; 911 caller describes incident

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