PIQUA – One man is in custody after a Thursday night incident in which shots were fired into a ceiling at Mulligan’s in Piqua followed by an intense manhunt through the streets of the downtown and a nearby neighborhood. Another suspect was taken into custody and released, a third suspect is being sought.
Piqua police responded to Mulligan’s on West High Street just after 11 p.m. on a report of shots fired by suspects who then fled the scene.
A manhunt followed where Piqua police were joined by the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, along with units from both Troy and Covington police. K-9 units also joined the search.
After losing the track and being unable to locate the suspects, the search was called off around 2:00 a.m. and units went back to routine patrols but keeping a watchful eye for the suspect vehicle.
Around 2:30 a.m. a Piqua unit on patrol spotted the suspect vehicle in the 300 block of East North Street. The plates reportedly matched the registered owner of one of the suspects. About the same time, one of the suspects attempted to leave a residence at 303 East North Street to return to the vehicle. Officers immediately took the suspect into custody without incident.
Police were led to believe that a second suspect was also inside the home. Officers observed a person matching the description of the second suspect inside the 303 East North Street home.
Deputy Chief Tom Steiner said that officers then set up a perimeter around the home. It was determined that there were other residents, apparently not involved with the two suspects, inside the residence.
Officers used a PA system to call for everyone inside to exit the residence, on person at a time. After approximately 30 minutes, several occupants exited the home. All were place in handcuffs and detained as police sorted out the situation. Finally, the person identified as the suspect exited the home and was placed into custody.
The other occupants were released.
Piqua police intend to execute a search warrant on Friday morning on the suspect vehicle.
Both suspects were transported to the Piqua Police Department for questioning.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing and charges against the pair are pending.
Suspects have not yet been identified. Police believe that a third suspect may be involved.