PIQUA — Three juvenile males were taken away in handcuffs following a series of incidents at the north edge of Piqua on Monday afternoon.
Piqua police were called to the area of County Road 25-A near Dixie Drive and Gates Drive around 3:30 p.m. on reports of several male juveniles breaking into vehicles and shots fired.
Officers arrived on the scene, where a witness told officers that he confronted the kids who he found breaking into his semi tractor. The reporting party said that “he advised the juveniles to stay put that he was calling police. He took off running after them (as they fled). As he was yelling at them to stop, “the juveniles took out a pistol-style gun and began shooting (at the RP.)” The RP stated that he had no idea what kind of gun they were using to shoot at him so he stopped.
It was determined that the activity had taken place in county jurisdiction and Miami County Sheriff’s Deputies were summoned.
Meanwhile, three juvenile males matching the description of the ones involved were spotted on the flood plain of the Miami River near the North Main Street bridge.
When spotted, the three fled on foot and officers drove to the area where they began a foot pursuit. One of the juveniles fell into a feeder stream leading to the river. He quickly surrendered to officers. Deputy Wil Roberts fell through ice in the same area, going up to his neck and shoulders into the water, but his K-9 partner managed to avoid the water.
Roberts continued the foot pursuit. In his supplemental report narrative, Roberts stated, “Due to the serious nature of the suspects using a pellet gun that looked like a real gun which can cause physical harm to someone, I deemed the seriousness of the incident and the suspect still fleeing after multiple warnings to stop a K-9 would be released.”
The chase continued south as additional officers set up blocking positions near the East Ash Street bridge.
One of the juvenile suspects stopped as the K-9 closed in. Roberts commanded his dog to not bite and to return to him.
The juvenile then surrendered without further incident.
The third juvenile suspect was also apprehended without incident.
One of the BB-gun weapons was recovered with one of the juveniles. The second was found on the banks of the river, where the youths fled on foot, by officers during a subsequent search. One of the juveniles stated that they had stolen the BB guns from Walmart.
A Piqua medic unit was called to transport one of the juveniles to Upper Valley Medical Center to be evaluated after getting wet due to the harsh winter conditions. Deputy Roberts transported himself to UVMC and was treated for exposure and released.
No other injuries were reported.
Parents of the juveniles were contacted regarding their activity. All three were incarcerated in the Miami County Juvenile Detention Facility where they were to face a judge on Tuesday.
The trio faces a list of at least a dozen charges, all first-degree misdemeanors and fifth-degree felonies. The names of the involved juveniles are not being released, per Piqua Daily Call policy.