Franklin man arrested, accused of firing shots into apartment

FRANKLIN — A Franklin man accused of shooting a gun into an occupied apartment on Sunday night is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.

Franklin Police Chief Adam Colon said officers responded about 10:55 p.m. to the 200 block of Bridge Street in reference to a shots-fired complaint and found someone had fired several rounds into an occupied apartment.

“No one was struck,” Colon said. “This was an isolated incident.”

As Franklin police investigated the gunfire call, an auto crash was reported in the parking lot of Walmart two miles east on East Second Street. Carlisle police responded to the auto crash in mutual aid to assist Franklin and found the vehicle involved in the crash had the same description as the suspect vehicle from the shots-fired complaint, according to Colon.

Carlisle police took the man into custody without incident and identified him as John Henry Byford Jr., 35, of Franklin, according to Carlisle officials.

Byford was booked at 3 a.m. Monday into the Warren County Jail, according to the jail website. He is being held on a $205,000 bond pending his arraignment in Franklin Municipal Court at 3 p.m. Tuesday .

Colon said Byford was being held on counts of felonious assault and discharging a firearm into a habitation, both second degree felonies; improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony; driving under the influence and using weapons while intoxicated, both first-degree misdemeanors.

“I’m very happy with how our officers handled the incident and that no one was hurt,” he said.

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