2 shootings in 3 days lead to quick arrests in Middletown

Two shootings in three days resulted in quick arrests by Middletown police.

In one, a 31-year-old man was found shot Wednesday morning in the 1700 block of Manchester Avenue, and a man was arrested a short time later. That came less than two days after a 24-year-old man was found shot on Calumet Avenue, an incident that also led to an arrest shortly after.

In the Wednesday incident, police found Christopher Myers shot in the arm in a residence.. According to police, 24-year-old Tyler Glass, of the 1700 block of Columbia Avenue, was involved in a dispute over money with several people. After Glass left the Manchester residence, he shot several times into the house, hitting Myers, police said. There were four people in the house, including two children, at the time of the shooting.

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A Butler County police dog ran a track from the scene of the shooting to the Columbia Avenue residence where Glass was taken into custody, according police. Glass is charged with four counts of felonious assault, having a weapon under disability and discharging a firearm into a habitation.

Glass was arraigned Wednesday in Middletown Municipal Court, where bond was set by Judge James Sherron at $750,000. Glass waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and his case was sent directly to a Butler County grand jury for consideration.

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On Monday, officers were called to Calumet Avenue about 10:14 a.m. on a report of a person shot. Officers found Kenneth Williams Jr., 24, of Harlan Street, had been shot in the groin.

Khalyn Jackson, 23, who is Williams’ cousin, was identified as the suspect. His parole officer and Trotwood Police Department took him into custody shortly after the shooting, and Jackson was charged in Middletown with felonious assault and parole violation. He was arraigned Wednesday in Middletown Municipal Court where bond was set at $150,000. He is scheduled to be back in court April 22 for a preliminary hearing.

According to the police report, Williams said Jackson wanted his money, they got into an argument, and Jackson shot him.

A witness told officers she saw two men outside a vehicle arguing then all of a sudden she saw one man pull out a handgun and shoot the other man.

After checking where the witnesses saw the shooting, police collected $916 blowing around in the area, according to the police.

Shots were also fired on Sunday at two houses on Elmo Place, but there were no injuries. Two people from Cleveland were found shot to death earlier this month in a car on Euclid Street. That double homicide remains under investigation, but there are suspects

Middletown Police Chief David Birk applauded the department’s recent work making swift arrests.

“None of these incidents are related. Theses are independent cases,” Birk said. “We have been doing good police work, making arrests, but it is probably going to get worse before it gets better.

He has attributed warmer weather and “people in isolation” during the coronavirus pandemic as contributing factors to the recent violence.

“People being out of work and stuck at home … I am just not sure what the new normal is going to be in the next few weeks,” Birk said.

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