A Holden resident was arrested in the City of Logan July 21 after he allegedly discharged a firearm near a building on Dingess Street.
Sergeant D.A. White and Patrolmen J.M. Miller, R.A. Adkins and J.D. Adkins report they responded, along with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), to a shots fired call on Dingess Street, and the criminal complaint states, upon arrival, White and Miller were informed by witnesses they had heard a gunshot and witnessed the defendant, Jalen McCants, 21, of Holden, run into a nearby apartment building.
Miller reports, upon being let into the apartment by the tenant, McCants was found and detained.
The criminal complaint filed by White and Miller states Miller and R.A. Adkins were able to locate three spent .40 caliber shell casings on the ground outside of the apartment and White located a .40 caliber handgun behind a water heater in the apartment building’s utility closet.
While law enforcement was searching for the firearm and shell casings, McCants allegedly admitted to J.D. Adkins and troopers from the WVSP he had discharged the firearm outside of the apartment building.
McCants is charged with a felony count of wanton endangerment and a misdemeanor count of shooting across a road or near a building. If McCants if found guilty on both counts, he could be forced to spend up to five years and 100 days in state correctional facility and pay up to $500 in fines.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]