5 arrested after Middletown SWAT call

5 arrested after Middletown SWAT call

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - Five people are scheduled to face a judge Monday morning after police say a SWAT team surrounded a home in response to shots fired early Sunday.

The suspect accused of firing the weapon, Shane Pursley, is held without bond at the Middletown jail on several charges, including felony discharging a firearm at or in an occupied structure, jail officials said.

Officers began searching for him shortly after they were called to a residence in the 600 block of Elwood Street for a report of shots fired inside a house at 6:4 a.m. Sunday, Middletown police said in a written statement.

A resident called police after Pursley - her boyfriend - allegedly fired a .9 mm handgun inside the home, according to the statement.

A Middletown SWAT team arrived, deployed gas munitions inside the home and ultimately entered and searched it. They discovered Pursley had fled the house just before officers arrived, the statement reads.

A search warrant was served at the residence, and an extensive search for Pursley was initiated.

Several hours later, Pursley was spotted between houses near Longfellow and Tytus avenues, according to police. He was taken into custody without incident.

During the search for Pursley, police charged four other people connection to the investigation.

A loaded handgun was found inside a residence in the 2300 block of Longfellow.

An investigation continues.

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