Man charged with firing shots in city

By Melanie Yingst

November 19, 2013

By Melody Vallieu

Staff Writer

TROY — A Troy man has been charged with firing a shot in the city limits for the second time in a month.

On Sunday, Paul E. Dutton, 32, was again arrested after firing a M91-30 rifle in his apartment, located at 1173 Trade Square West in Troy. The bullet went through the floor of his upper level apartment and into the apartment below, where four people — including an 11-month-old child — were home, according to Troy Police Department Captain Joe Long.

Long said Dutton admitted to drinking beers and claimed he was cleaning the loaded rifle when the weapon went off, causing the round to go into the apartment below. Long said Dutton’s toxocology level is being tested.

Dutton was arrested and taken to the Miami County Jail, where he faces four charges, including inducing panic, weapons while intoxicated, discharging a firearm within the city limits and tampering with evidence, a Felony 3, which could mean up to three years in jail.

Dutton was arraigned in municipal court on Monday morning and is being held on $10,000 bond.

The judge also ordered a mental health and drug and alcohol assessment on Dutton.

Dutton also was charged with discharging a weapon within city limits on Oct. 16.