Man pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges in Middletown shooting incident

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Charles Street standoff

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A 20-year-old Middletown man, originally facing a felony charge for apparently shooting out the window of an apartment last month during an argument with the driver of a car, has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.

Jaden Thomas was in Middletown Municipal Court on Friday where a preliminary hearing was scheduled on charges of felonious assault, assault, inducting panic and pointing or firing a weapon in the city limits for the incident that happened on Oct. 27.

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Officers were called to 702 Charles St. about 11:45 a.m. for a person reportedly shooting from the window of an apartment building. A perimeter was set up around the building with a plumbing business at the street level and apartments above by the department’s Special Response Team.

Police and SRT officers talked with a bullhorn trying to get the man to come out.

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Middletown police surround a Charles Street building after a man reportedly fired a gun from an apartment window. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Middletown police surround a Charles Street building after a man reportedly fired a gun from an apartment window. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Middletown police surround a Charles Street building after a man reportedly fired a gun from an apartment window. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

After about 60 minutes, the man, identified by police as Thomas, came outside and was taken into custody.

Thomas pleaded guilty to assault, inducting panic and pointing or firing weapon in the city limits, all misdemeanors. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, according to court officials. The felonious assault charge was dismissed

A car driven by Johnnie Boyd was stopped by police after speeding from the scene. The driver’s side rear door had a bullet hole in it, according to police.

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Boyd said he went to the residence to drop off his ex-girlfriend’s clothes. Thomas is the woman’s brother, according to court documents. Thomas opened the window of the apartment and the men began arguing.

That’s when Thomas released his dog on Boyd, according to Boyd’s statement to police.

“Mr. Boyd said he had to get on top of his vehicle to keep the dog from biting him,” according to the police complaint signed by Sgt. Malcolm Tipton.

Then Thomas produced a handgun and fired one shot that hit the car, according to Boyd.

A witness also told detectives he saw the entire incident unfold, including Thomas firing a shot from the window.

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