Shots fired in a Groveport neighborhood

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor
An alleged drug deal that went bad resulted in shots being fired in a Groveport neighborhood during the late afternoon of March 11.

Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams said the alleged drug deal that went sour took place in Madison Township north of the railroad tracks by some storage garages near Front Street. The Madison Township Police Department confirmed that it was reported to officers that two individuals were meeting to conduct a transaction for marijuana products.

According to the Groveport Police report and Adams, a 22-year-old male from Orient, Ohio, alleged four male juveniles robbed him by what he believed was by gun point. A physical altercation took place among the group.

“There are a total of five individuals involved in the incident. Two from Groveport, one from Obetz, one from Orient, and one from Columbus,” added Madison Township Police Chief Gary York. “All are juvenile males ages 14-17, with the exception of the reporting party, who is 22 years old.”

York said two juvenile males (allegedly) robbed the adult male.

“They (allegedly) took a firearm from his waistband and attempted to steal his vehicle, but could not operate a manual transmission,” said York. “The adult male told officers he proceeded into the city of Groveport where he encountered the four juvenile males including the two that had robbed him.”

Adams said the juveniles fled into Groveport and the adult male followed them to the Walnut Street/Grove Street area where he caught up with them. He believed the juveniles had a firearm aimed at him. According to the Groveport Police report, it appeared the adult male fired as many as 12 shots, due to evidence found at the scene, with a Smith & Wesson 9mm carbine rifle at the juveniles, who were hiding behind a shed/garage. There were no injuries.

Adams confirmed the four juveniles are from Groveport and the surrounding area. The adult male is from Orient, but Adams said the suspect has “known ties to Groveport.”

Adams said the adult male was charged with two counts of felonious assault.

“This man took the law into his own hands,” said Adams. “It was irrational thinking that now has caused him problems where now he is considered a suspect instead of a victim.”

One of the juveniles, age 15, who was initially meeting the adult male, was charged and slated with felony-3 robbery, according to York.

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