PIQUA — The Piqua Police Department has made an arrest in connection with a shooting that took place on Thursday on the 600 block of Wayne Street in Piqua.
On Thursday, Oct. 17, at approximately 10:23 a.m., Piqua police officers responded to 649 S. Wayne St. on the report of a subject involved in a disturbance being shot in the arm.
Upon arriving at the residence, officers located a male victim suffering from a single gunshot wound to his left bicep. The officers further noted a silver Honda vehicle parked in front of the residence with a bullet hole in the front windshield.
The victim was identified as Laron D. Coleman, 30, of that address. Coleman was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center for treatment. His injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.
Search warrants were later executed at the residence and on the involved vehicle with assistance from detectives.
“Items of evidence were collected from the residence and vehicle that are believed to be related to the shooting. A gun was recovered that is possibly the weapon used in the assault and will be sent to the Crime Lab for analysis,” Deputy Chief Marty Grove of the Piqua Police Department said.
A female resident was transported to the police department for an interview, but was later released. Coleman was not cooperative during the questioning, at one point claiming “Casper the Friendly Ghost” had shot him, according to Piqua Police Department reports.
On Monday, Brittany N. Johnson, 28, also of that address, was arrested and charged with second-degree felonious assault and first-degree felony discharging a firearm on or near prohibited premises in connection with this incident, according to a press release from the Piqua Police Department. Johnson was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail.
The shooting was believed to be the result of a domestic dispute, according to the Piqua Police Department. Coleman and Johnson are not married, but do have children in common. Grove said the Piqua Police Department has responded to two domestic situations involving this couple in the recent past, including one at this residence and another at a different residence.
Johnson was booked into the Miami County Jail at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Monday. Johnson was arraigned in Miami County Municipal Court on Tuesday, and her bond was set at $100,000.