Columbus I-71 Shooting Suspect Was Upset His Pet Duck Flew Away

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A Delaware, Ohio News Exclusive: The suspect in the shootout with Columbus Police on I-71 is speaking from jail today to share his side of the story.

Jontari Phifer, 21, of Columbus, says he was distraught because his pet duck, Little Duckie McGriff, flew away from home. His anger led him to Polaris and Gemini Parkway, where he sought retribution from the gods. The gods denied his claim, and he is now facing attempted murder charges in Delaware County.

Watch the video for Phifer’s complete statement. A transcript is below.


I know people are wondering why I did what I did.

I wanted to put this out there so that people could understand me

I had a pet duck. His name was Little Duckie McGriff.

Sometimes I called him Soulja Boy or Little Web Footed NBA Young Boy From Round The Way.

Anyways, Little Duckie was my best friend.

I stole him from some fat head nigga named Old Charles last fall, and he had been with me ever since.

Little Duckie was more than a duck to me. He was my nigga. He was my family.

When he would wake me up in the trap with his little feet on my forehead, I was happy. Like actually happy.

For the first time, I had somebody that wasn’t going to give up on me every time I drank too much Casamigos and whooped their ass for no reason.

Then Friday morning, he started flying, and he flew away.

When I saw him leave, I can’t describe it, it’s like I lost my mind.

I picked up the glizzy and told bae that we had to hit a lick.

I had to transfer these emotions to somebody else.

I had to shoot a nigga in the face or at least shoot a couple people in their armpits. Somebody had to pay.

So I went to Polaris because that is one of my favorite places to shoot at people in Central Ohio.

I picked a few targets but the cops got there too fast and we had to peel off.

That’s when the shit on the highway happened.

I tried to shoot a couple of cops but didn’t know what the fuck I was doing. I was bugging out and can’t really shoot anyways so I didn’t hit a damn thing.

To all of the cops and innocent people I shot at, I’d like to say: I ain’t really sorry. I’m just sorry I got caught.

Brittany, I love you baby. I will see you in 30 years. You will always be Queen Oompa Loompa.

Little Duckie, whereever you are, I hope you are in a better place. I will always love you.

Ricardo Paye
Ricardo Paye
Ricardo Paye is a Senior Correspondent with Delaware Ohio News. Born and raised in the Delaware County Fairgrounds, he's a reporter with a deep knowledge of the streets who isn't afraid to ask tough questions. His fondest childhood memory is getting a hand job from a public utility worker in the basement of Pilsner's 5 & Dime store. He holds a bachelor's degree in Euthanasia from Ohio Wesleyan University.


  1. There was a guy at PNC quoting this article while talking about how the world is spiralling out of control. You provide a great service Mr. Paye, there is a population that needs your insightful news.


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