2 Shot In Botched Drug Deal

By: 
Mike Burkholder

An alleged drug deal gone bad resulted in two people being shot and the arrest of more than half a dozen people Thursday night in Mercer County.
At approximately 8:39 p.m. Thursday, emergency room personnel at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital placed a call to the Mercer County Sheriff's Office reporting two individuals were being treated for gunshot wounds. The initial story was the two people were walking by the lighthouse in Celina and were shot at during a drive-by shooting.
Officers from the Celina Police Department responded and began an investigation. However, during the course of the investigation the initial story began to unravel. Investigators ultimately determined the shooting occurred at Ambassador Park in Fort Recovery as part of a botched drug deal.
Fort Recovery Police Chief Jared Laux requested the Mercer County Sheriff's Office serve as the lead investigating agency because of the manpower it would take to investigate the incident. The Fort Recovery Police Department provided assistance in the investigation.
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said a drug deal was set up between a group of people from Celina and a dealer from Fort Recovery. However, Grey said an exchange of money for drugs was not the plan of the buyers.
"A drug deal was set to take place and the intended recipients of the drugs, when they set it up, had no intention of paying for the drugs," Grey said during a press conference Friday afternoon. "When the drug seller arrived, he was robbed by physical force of the drugs ... the drugs actually got taken from him ... During the confrontation, the seller pulled out a small caliber firearm, fired several rounds. Two of the people who were attempting to steal the drugs from him were shot while they were attempting to rob him."
Grey said the drug deal was supposed to involve a pound of marijuana. However, investigators have yet to recover the drugs.
The two injured suspects were able to get away and were driven to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Arrested for robbery, a second-degree felony, and obstruction of justice, a fourth-degree felony, were:
• Kody Chilcoat, 19, of Celina.
• Brandon Riley, 18, of Celina.
• Samantha Ringo, 18, of Celina.
• Morgan Perry, 18, of Celina.
• Julien Kocak, 19, of Celina.
Arrested for robbery, a second-degree felony, were:
• Dominic Disalvo, 18, of Celina.
• A 14-year-old Rockford female.
Kocak and a 16-year-old Celina male were shot during the altercation by a 17-year-old male from Fort Recovery. Kocak was treated and released and was taken to jail. The teen remains hospitalized with what Grey classified as non-life threatening injuries. Once he is cleared, he will be taken to a juvenile detention center. The alleged shooter was arrested in Darke County. He is being held in a juvenile detention facility.
The remaining adult suspects made their initial court appearance Friday afternoon. Investigators also seized three vehicles — a 2002 Chevy Malibu with bullet holes, a 1997 Dodge Dakota and a 2005 Chevy Cobalt.

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