Two incidents of shots fired

Published 7:03 pm Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Gun shots were fired in two separate, unrelated incidents occurring during the past few days.

Shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday, a 21-year-old Broughton Street resident reported he was walking near the intersection of Broughton and North Lamar streets when a white, older-model car pulled up beside him. The complainant stated three men inside the car began talking with him, asking him if he had any marijuana or cocaine.

When he replied in the negative, one of the car’s occupants exited the car and approached him in a threatening manner, the complainant said.

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Another passenger pulled out a gun and attempted to fire at him three times, only for the gun to jam, the complainant said. He stated he fled from his attackers by running through a yard and heard multiple gunshots fired behind him.

Cpl. Brian Boyett of Bainbridge Public Safety found an empty gun shell casing in front of 927 Broughton St., where multiple witnesses stated they saw the attackers’ car stop just before the gunshots were fired.

Public Safety officers and Sheriff’s deputies located a vehicle matching the complainant’s description and attempted to pull it over. However, it fled on U.S. 84 West toward Seminole County at a high rate of speed.

Man arrested after firing shots

Bainbridge Public Safety officers arrested a Colquitt, Ga., man early Sunday morning after he allegedly fired gun shots into the air outside an apartment complex.

Richard Alan King, 26, of Colquitt, was arrested and charged with illegally discharging a firearm within city limits.

According to an incident report, BPS officers were dispatched to a domestic incident at Hutto-McIver Apartments on MLK Jr. Drive at about 1 a.m. Saturday. As they were en route, the 911 caller stated that King was there firing a gun into the air.

BPS officers and Sheriff’s deputies looked for a Chevrolet Trail Blazer being driven by King. Sgt. Patrick Trolinger of the Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle on Dothan Road headed west. The SUV did not immediately stop and turned onto Miller Avenue, finally stopping near its intersection with Bethel Road.

King, who was driving the SUV, was arrested and a gun was located inside the vehicle’s glove compartment.

BPS Officer Collin Hastey observed the gun had recently been fired and a shell casing was jammed inside it. King was later released on a bail bond.