PIQUA — Levi Harrison, who was charged for allegedly shooting an 11-year-old boy last week, is currently facing more charges.
Harrison, 21, of Piqua, was charged last week with second-degree felonious assault and is now facing an additional three counts of third-degree felony theft and one count of third-degree felony tampering with evidence this week.
Harrison allegedly stole three guns, one of which was used to the shoot the victim, an 11-year-old boy.
“The morning after the shooting, a subject from Sherman Street here in town reported three firearms stolen from his house,” Police Chief Bruce Jamison of the Piqua Police Department said. That subject was an associate of Harrison’s, so it prompted him to make the report.
“We have also charged the neighbor across the street, where we found a couple of the guns the night of the shooting,” Jamison said.
Chad D. Miller II, 23, of Piqua, has been charged with third-degree felony tampering with evidence and fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property. Miller reportedly hid the weapons after the shooting took place. Miller is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $5,000 bond.
“We just recovered the final gun yesterday,” Jamison said.
Police recovered a black Raven .25 handgun and an EAA Windicator .357 revolver the night of the shooting. The missing weapon was a chrome Raven MP .25 pistol, which was recovered in Sidney. Harrison reportedly sold the stolen weapon to an unknowing buyer.
“The person who had purchased that, without knowledge that it had been stolen, had since gone away to the military, so we got some assistance from NCIS and were eventually able to locate that weapon up in Sidney,” Jamison said. “We believe Levi (Harrison) sold it to the person who has since joined the military and was cooperative with NCIS to let us know where it was.”
Police believe that the victim was shot with the stolen EEA Windicator .357 revolver. The shooting victim originally attempted to claim his injuries were from a bicycle accident, according to Jamison. At Dayton’s Children Hospital, it was determined that the injury was not consistent with a bicycle accident and that the victim had been shot in the head.
During the Piqua Police Department’s investigation, they found that the victim had been shot at a residence on the 500 block of Gordon Street at around 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 15. The victim was able to pedal his bike home after the incident.
Harrison, of that residence, was arrested and incarcerated. His preliminary hearing for this case was scheduled for this week in Miami County Municipal Court, but was continued. Judge Gary Nasal ordered a forensic evaluation. Harrison is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on a total of $30,000 bond.
It appears that there was no malicious intent in the shooting, as police believe that the shooting was the result of reckless handling of the stolen firearm.
The victim, who was listed in fair condition at Dayton Children’s Hospital last week, has since been released.
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