Man taken into custody after reportedly shooting from building in Middletown

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Charles Street standoff

Credit: Journal News

A man is facing several charges after allegedly firing a gun Wednesday morning from a building on Charles Street.

Jaden Thomas is charged with felonious assault, assault, inducing panic and firing a weapon in the city limits for the incident that started about 11:45 a.m., according to Maj. Eric Crank.

Officers were called to 702 Charles St. for a person reportedly shooting from the window of an apartment building, according to Shelby Quinlivan, city spokesperson.

A perimeter was set up around the building with a plumbing business at the street level and apartments above by the department’s Special Response Team.

Police and SRT officers talked with a bullhorn trying to get the man to come out.

“Come outside. Put your hands where I can see them,” officers ordered.

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Middletown police surround a Charles Street building after a man reportedly fired a gun from an apartment window. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Middletown police surround a Charles Street building after a man reportedly fired a gun from an apartment window. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Middletown police surround a Charles Street building after a man reportedly fired a gun from an apartment window. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

After about 60 minutes, the man came outside, walked backward toward police, went down on his knees and was taken into custody, according to a witnesses.

Ira Williams, who lives across the street from the building, said a red car pulled up and a man inside had a verbal dispute with the man in the second-floor apartment. He was yelling from the window.

Williams said the resident got a gun, came to the window, fired one shot and struck the car, which sped away.

Crank said there was some issue between Thomas and the driver of the vehicle. That car was stopped by police. No one was injured.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with further information can contact Detective Ken Mynhier at 513-425-7720.

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