Richmond police arrested a man on four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree assault, two counts of tampering with physical evidence and first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin) after officers were called to Race Street Tuesday afternoon after it was reported shots had been fired.
The caller said they could hear people fighting in an apartment before they heard the gunshot, followed by a bullet coming through their ceiling and striking another resident in their head, according to a citation.
Officers arrived and found numerous people outside the residence, and they pointed out the apartment where the gunshot came from, the citation states. Police told them to stand at a safe location before they noticed a person opening the door of the apartment.
Police then instructed anyone else who was inside the apartment to exit, and Christamadeo Towai, 25, Sizemore Drive, Richmond, exited the apartment as well, the citation states. Police then cleared the apartment and found a bullet hole in the living room near the apartment's front door.
Towai gave officers permission to search the residence, and they found suspected methamphetamine and a digital scale, but couldn't find the firearm, the citation states.
Police then followed Madison County EMS to Baptist Health Hospital to speak with the person who first opened the apartment door. They had suffered a cut to their back and an unknown head injury, the citation states. They told officers he went to the residence Tuesday morning to sell a TV.
They said Towai became mad, brandished a revolver and pointed it at the victim, the citation states. The victim said Towai walked toward them and pressed the gun underneath their chin, and the victim then struck Towai. The two began fighting, and the victim crouched between a couch and a chair.
The victim told officers Towai then pistol whipped the top of the victim's head, and the victim blacked out, the citation states. The victim said Towai shot two times, with the first shot going in the floor of the living room, but they didn't know where the other shot occurred.
Officers then spoke with Towai, who said he arrived at the residence about 20 minutes before officers, the citation states. He said while he was walking up the steps, he heard a loud firecracker, and everyone then ran out of the apartment. He said he didn't know about a gun or narcotics.
Police the spoke with the owner of the apartment, who said Towai didn't live there, and the two had never met before, the citation states. The owner confirmed what the victim had said, but the owner said the first shot was in the kitchen. The owner said Towai pulled out the firearm, pointed it at the victim, and the victim struck Towai, causing him to fall. The firearm went off as a result of the fall.
The owner went outside when they heard the second gunshot, the citation states.
The owner also gave officers permission to search the home, and they found a bullet hole underneath the kitchen window, but they couldn't find the bullet. They also found suspected heroin inside the area where Towai was sitting when officers were clearing the residence.
Police then spoke with the occupants of the caller's apartment, who said they were sitting in their living room when the bullet came through the ceiling, the citation states.
Towai was taken to the Madison County Detention Center, where he remained Wednesday afternoon, according to online jail records.
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Also arrested recently was:
• Bobby Goff, 38, Spring Circle Drive, Berea, theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more, but less than $10,000).
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