A lone Bellefontaine Police Department unit Thursday morning monitors 601 W. Columbus Ave., Bellefontaine, the scene of a Wednesday night shooting that left a city man dead and hospitalized another who was shot multiple times. (Bellefontaine Examiner photo)
From Bellefontaine Examiner staff reports
Three Urbana-area juveniles have been arrested in connection with the Wednesday night shooting death of 22-year-old Caleb Chamberlin.
Ethan Grim, 17, Josiah Bush, 16, and Elijah Barrett, 15, each of Urbana, have been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting.
Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department, along with Bellefontaine Fire and EMS were dispatched to 601 W. Columbus Ave. about 11:35 p.m. Wednesday on a report of gunshots fired from the residence and multiple injuries reported.
Anthony Scartz, 24, of Bellefontaine, was shot multiple times during the incident, and is currently being treated in a Columbus hospital.
Bellefontaine police officers worked closely with law enforcement in Champaign, Madison and Franklin counties during their investigation to arrest the suspects.
Two females at the scene were treated for non-gunshot related injuries.
Elijah Barrett reportedly was shot by a resident in the home, and was later transported by medical helicopter from Mercy Memorial Hospital in Urbana, Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley said.
Following the shooting, the three suspects reportedly fled to Urbana to get Elijah help.
After he was flown to Columbus Children’s Hospital, law enforcement was alerted of his identity and the Columbus Division of Police assisted to secure him at the hospital the pending treatment.
Ethan Grimm and Josiah Bush reportedly remained on the loose throughout Wednesday and into Thursday morning until another tip was received by officers of the Urbana Police Department that prompted local investigators to alert deputies from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office to check a residence where Ethan and Josiah were believed to be.
Madison County sheriff’s deputies were eventually able to locate Ethan and Josiah and take them into custody without incident.
Bellefontaine Police detectives plan to travel to Madison County to transport the two teenage suspects back to Logan County for further processing, and all three suspects will eventually be lodged in Logan County Juvenile Detention Center.
“Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Caleb Chamberlin who lost his life,” Chief Standley said. “We continue to hope for the quick recovery of Anthony Scartz who was shot multiple times during this incident.
“The tragic and senseless shooting that occurred in our city last night was the result of three armed suspects that apparently were solely focused on committing violence when they entered 601 W. Columbus Ave.”
Chief Standley lauded the work of officers and staff in his department, as well as every other assisting agency.
“This is an example of excellent law enforcement investigative collaboration with numerous agencies and tenacious follow through to make the three arrests. We now look forward to justice being served,” he said.
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