Shots-fired report results in drug arrests

Two people were arrested on narcotics charges after Columbus police officers were sent to the east side of the city on a report of shots being fired near McKinley Avenue and Smith Street.

Officers were sent to the area at 2:45 p.m. about a disturbance and then were told that shots had been fired during the disturbance, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

A short time later, officers did a high-risk traffic stop of a vehicle that was seen leaving the area where the disturbance occurred, Harris said.

Three occupants in the vehicle — Adrian S. Baker, 35, Brownstown; Victoria L. Smith, 18, Seymour; and a 15-year-old juvenile — were taken into custody, Harris said.

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Baker told officers he had been shot but paramedics could not find any gunshot wounds on him, Harris said.

Officers recovered a BB gun from the vehicle and located a small amount of methamphetamine that Baker and Smith had concealed in their clothing, Harris said.

Baker and Smith were taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, each facing a preliminary felony charge of possession of methamphetamine, Harris said. The juvenile was released to her parents, Harris said.

Baker is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $57,500 bond, jail officials said. Smith was released on $57,500 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.