Francis man arrested after shooting at two roommates, narrowly missing them
A man was arrested at a home in Francis on Sunday after authorities say he fired more than a dozen bullets at two roommates, narrowly missing them both, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
Dispatch responded to the home on Spring Hollow Road after receiving a report of the incident at around 2:48 p.m., said Lt. Andrew Wright, with the Sheriff’s Office.
A report from the Sheriff’s Office indicated the homeowner, 58, and his son, 33, were in the kitchen when the man came out of his room, extremely intoxicated. He then fell into the Christmas tree, knocking it over. The victims told the man to go back into his room, the report states.
The victims were then walking back through the kitchen to the back door when the suspect, 56, reappeared with a handgun and fired approximately 15 rounds at them, the report states. The bullets hit several appliances and went through the walls, narrowly missing the man and his son.
“After he ran out of bullets they went after him and tackled him,” Wright said. “Between the two of them, they were able to get him down and one of the victims did call 911.”
The suspect was transported to a hospital in the area for minor injuries sustained during the incident, including a scratch on the forehead.
He was later released and arrested under suspicion of two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of discharging a firearm in the direction of a person, carrying a weapon while under the influence of alcohol, criminal mischief and intoxication.
Wright said the suspect has lived with the family for some time, but he is not related to them.
The report states there had not been a confrontation prior to the suspect knocking over the Christmas tree. No details were available about the gun or who owned it.
The suspect’s bail was set at $60,000. He was still in custody as of Monday afternoon. But, he had not been formally charged in Summit County’s 3rd District Court.
“You look at a case like this with someone intoxicated accessing a firearm and actually shooting it toward people,” Wright said. “It is really scary and thank goodness that they weren’t hit. It’s scary stuff.”
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