PIQUA — A Troy man was incarcerated at the Miami County Jail early Friday morning on charges relating to shots fired inside Mulligan’s Pub.
Eduardo A. Fitch, 42, of Troy, was charged with two counts of second-degree felony discharging a firearm in a building and one count of third-degree felony possession of a firearm in a liquor establishment. Fitch is also facing misdemeanor charges of aggravated menacing, inducing panic, and carrying a concealed weapon. Fitch was arraigned Friday morning in Miami County Municipal Court.
The charges stem from an incident Thursday night where shots were fired into a ceiling at Mulligan’s in Piqua, resulting in a manhunt through the streets of the downtown and a nearby neighborhood.
Based on witness statements obtained at the original scene, another white male subject was transported to the Piqua Police station for questioning. Based on an investigation that included comparison of this subject’s statement and video from the scene, it was determined he did not possess a weapon or directly participate in a crime. He was released after questioning.
The investigation also revealed that a subject that was already in the bar when Fitch arrived and then discharged a handgun into the air had also brandished a handgun and fired a shot into the air. This was apparently in response to Fitch’s shot. A surveillance picture of this subject was published by our department this afternoon. Within an hour of the photos being published, this subject turned himself into the police department
The subject was identified as Joshua R. Stannard, 26, of Fairborn. He was cooperative and surrendered the weapon believed to have been used last night. Stannard was arrested and incarcerated in the Miami County Jail on a warrant from the state of Colorado for a weapons violation. Additional local charges are pending additional investigation.
Three subjects were originally sought as suspects in criminal activity based on eyewitness statements, and three weapons were believed to be involved. The investigation revealed only two suspects engaged in criminal activity. Both of these suspects are now in jail, and both weapons fired in downtown Piqua last night have been recovered.
“As usual, Piqua citizens engaged with law enforcement for safe resolution of a crime,” Chief Bruce Jamieson said. “We are very grateful for their assistance.”
Other local law enforcement agencies involved included the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Covington Police Department and Troy Police Department.
Reporter Sam Wildow contributed to this story.
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