Shots Fired incidents in Lancaster City weekend of February 9, 2013
During the weekend of February 9/10, 2013 Officers from Lancaster City Police responded to (2) shots fired incidents that resulted in arrests.
On Saturday February 9, 2013 at approximately 6:54 pm Officers responded to a residence on the 400 blk. W. King St. A 73 year old occupant in a ground floor apartment reported hearing a loud explosion from an upstairs apartment. The resident then saw drywall and dusting drifting down from a hole in the ceiling. Officers investigated and made contact with a resident of the upstairs apartment in question. Officers spoke with John Miller W/M/33. The investiagting Officers learned that a second, unknown person had been inside Miller's apartment at the time the shot was fired. That person fled the scene prior to Police arrival. Miller allowed Officers to check inside his apartment. Officers observed a quantity of Marijuana in plain view inside Miller's apartment. After consulation with an Assistant District Attorney, Miller was arrested and charged with Possession With Intent to Deliver (PWID) Marijuana (Felony) and Possessoin of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor) by Off. Whiteford before MDJ Roth. Miller was arraigned on the charges and commited to Lancaster County Prison after failing to post $50,0000 bail. The investigation into the shot fired through the floor/ceiling as well as the identity of the second person inside the apartment is still under investigation. No one was injured as a result of this incident.
John P. Miller W/M/33 resident of 400 blk. W. King St. Lancaster, PA 17603
On Sunday February 10, 2013 at approximately 01:50 am Officers responded to the 1st blk. E. Chestnut St. outside of the old Police station for a report of shots fired. When Officers arrived, they observed a group of males on the ground struggling over the possession of a Ruger 9mm handgun. Officers were able to separate the males and secure the handgun without any injuries to anyone. After speaking with the persons involved and witnesses Officers learned what had occured prior to and at the time a shot was fired.
Shamar Goins B/M/25 had been out and became intoxicated. Goins contacted his brother, Michael Dismond B/M/26, to come to him in order to get him home. Dismond responded and met up with Goins. Dismond found that Goins was in possession of a 9mm Ruger handgun. Due to Goins level of intoxication, Dismond took custody of the handgun. The pair planned to walk to their residence on the 100 blk. Laurel St. Lancaster, PA. While walking on the 1st blk. E. Chestnut St. Goins stumbled into a parked vehicle. The owner of that vehicle saw what had happened and confronted Goins and Dismond. The confrontation turned into a physical altercation. At some point in the altercation, the handgun became dislodged from Dismond's pocket. Dismond was able to catch the handgun and retain possession. Both Dismond and the vehicle owner saw the gun. Both attempted to grab the gun from Dismond. Dismond pointed the handgun toward the area of the Brunswick Hotel and fired a single shot, alledgedly to end the struggle over possession of the handgun. After the shot was fired, passers-by and witnesses intervened and attempted to stop any more shots from being fired. That was reportedly the group of males responding Officers found upon their arrival. As a result of this incident Goins was arrested for Public Drunkeness (Summary). Dismond will be charged with one count of Recklessly Endangering Another Person (Misdemenor of 2nd degree). Off. Flurry will file a Criminal Complaint against Dismond before MDJ Jimenez as a Summons to be sent.
Michael Dismond resident of 100 blk. Laurel St. Lancaster, PA 17603
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