Monday, August 12, 2013

Gun shots on The Plains activates sheriff’s Special Response Team

Have you seen this raccoon?
Resident claimed to be shooting at raccoons

THE PLAINS - Athens County Sheriff’s deputies encountered a resident of The Plains in the early Monday morning allegedly shooting at raccoons from his back porch. The shots and lack of response by the resident prompted a response by the Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT). The man’s identity has not yet been released.

According to the sheriff’s office, Deputies Keith Tablor and Mike Burba encountered were responding to a complaint of children beating a drum on Connett Road at around 3 a.m. Monday. After the deputies had advised the children involved to stop disturbing their neighbors, deputies waited in the area to see if they would comply.

As the deputies were waiting they heard what sounded like multiple gunshots from across the street. The deputies attempted to contact the resident by phone and through the use of a public address system. When no response was received the special response team was activated.

Before the SRT arrived, the resident exited the residence. During questioning by deputies, the resident claimed his was shooting at raccoons on his back porch using a .22 caliber weapon. His weapon was confiscated and deputies did not locate any raccoons. According to the sheriff's office deputies were said to be consulting the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office sometime Monday and the incident remains under investigtion.

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