A Hope man is dead after being found unconscious and not breathing while in custody at the Jackson County Jail. 

He was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour where he died Sunday, according to Sheriff Rick Meyer.

Au was jailed for shooting Ryan Joseph Ross, 28,  of Jennings County on May 6 inside the Seymour apartment of Au’s girlfriend.

Meyer said Ross had fathered a child with Au’s girlfriend and was returning the child when he was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds just inside the doorway of the apartment.

Au reportedly called 911 and admitted shooting Ross. 


Ross was found Thursday, May 7 at 5:37 a.m. near the entrance of the apartment of the Sycamore Springs Apartments on 2710 Bent Tree Lane.

According to Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer, officers responded to the apartment after Au called 911 reporting he had shot Ross after Ross violated a protective order.

Police then arrested Au for the 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 that 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 incident.

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.