3 Urbana teens among 4 suspects in custody in fatal Logan County shooting

Austin Allen
Austin Allen

A 20-year-old man and three Urbana teenagers are in custody in connection to a fatal shooting of a Bellefontaine man.

Austin Allen, 20, was arrested Friday for his involvement in the Wednesday night homicide and is charged with complicity to aggravated robbery, Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley said Friday night.

Allen is being held in the Logan County Jail.

The three teenagers were arrested Thursday and are being held in the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center.

Standley said his department began their investigation when they were called to a home on the 600 block of West Columbus Avenue at around 11:35 p.m. Wednesday night. There they found 22-year-old Caleb Chamberlin dead with multiple gunshot wounds and witnesses at the home said intruders had broken into the home to commit violence.

Another man in the house was also shot, the chief said, and the residents returned fire, striking one of the suspects.

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“The tragic and senseless shooting that occurred in our city was the result of three armed suspects that apparently were solely focused on committing violence when they entered 601 West Columbus Avenue,” Standley said in a statement. “Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Caleb Chamberlin who lost his life. We continue to hope for the quick recovery of (the other man) who was shot multiple times during this incident but remains at a Columbus hospital. This is an example of excellent law enforcement investigative collaboration with numerous agencies and tenacious follow through to make the three arrests,” he said of the arrest of the teens on Thursday. “We now look forward to justice being served.”

Law enforcement was alerted that a person suffering from gunshot wounds had checked themselves into Urbana Mercy Health Hospital Wednesday night. That person was identified as a 15-year-old suspect and he was transported by CareFlight to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

Standley said the teen remains in the hospital and is under police guard.

Through an investigation, Standley said authorities were able to identify two other suspects — a 16-year-old and 17-year-old. He said law enforcement worked to capture the teens Thursday.

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“A tip was received by Urbana Police that led our investigators to alert Madison County Sheriff’s Office to check a residence where the two were believed to be,” Standley said. “After more investigation by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, they located the two and safely took them into custody. Bellefontaine Police Detectives will be traveling to Madison County to transport the two back to Logan County for further processing.”

Urbana City School District Superintendent Charles Thiel told the Springfield News-Sun Friday that the students are in the city school district but do not attend the high school. They were receiving educational services off of the district’s campus, he said.

“The administrative team will be working over the weekend to determine the options for addressing this issue with the students at the high school,” Thiel said.

“We are appreciative of the amazing work done today by the staff of the Bellefontaine Police Department, and all other agencies that assisted along the way,” Standley said. “We would especially like to thank the Columbus Division of Police for their tireless efforts to secure the hospital and having to endure a brief lockdown of the hospital stemming from this case.”