Bond set for man accused of shooting girlfriend in Middletown


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A 19-year-old accused of shooting his 17-year-old girlfriend in the pelvis during an argument last month remains in the Butler County Jail charged with felonious assault.

Daniel Calhoun was taken into custody on the evening of June 4 while hiding in the basement of the victim’s house in the 1300 block of Young Street in Middletown, according to Middletown police. Detectives had been looking for Calhoun since the May 14 shooting incident.

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On the same day Calhoun was arrested, a Butler County grand jury indicted him for felonious assault and having weapons under disability.

Calhoun was arraigned in Butler County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday by Magistrate Harold Reed, who set bond at $150,000. He is scheduled to be back in court for a pretrial hearing before Judge Noah Powers II on June 23.

Middletown Police Major Scott Reeve said people present at the house and witnesses were not truthful at the beginning of the investigation about what happened when the teen was shot.

Officers were called to a residence in the 1300 block of Young Street about 10:40 p.m. The girl was in the living room suffering from a gunshot wound.

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The victim’s brother told police he was walking on Young getting ready to cross 14th Avenue when he heard two gunshots and saw an SUV driving away. He said he heard his sister scream and found her shot in the alley, then carried her into the house.

The teen’s mother called 911 reporting her daughter had been shot.

“I think my daughter was shot in the alley,” the mother told dispatchers. “My daughter was in the alley and she just came in and she said she was shot. She is bleeding… she is starting to lose consciousness.”

Reeve said an investigation revealed the girl was shot in her bedroom and pointed to Calhoun as the shooter. He added the teen’s mother told the dispatcher information relayed to her by another person.

The incident stemmed from a boyfriend/girlfriend argument, police say. The girl was shot between the legs, according to police and statements from her mother in the 911 call.

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