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Police think a handgun was fired during a fight early Wednesday in a downtown Columbus residence.
No one is believed to be injured, but authorities are searching for a 34-year-old man who left the apartment in the 600 block of California Street before officers arrived.
Mark Purvis, 32, of Columbus, was arrested at the residence on warrants for failure to appear in court on unrelated matters.
Columbus Police Patrolman Branch Schrader and his K-9 partner, Nitro, found a semiautomatic handgun outside the residence, and a shell casing was found inside. Lt. Matt Myers, spokesman for Columbus Police Department, said the shell casing is consistent with the type of gun found, but officers still are investigating.
Patrolman Chad Davis tracked Purvis to the apartment around 3 a.m. Wednesday after receiving information that a suspect was possibly driving a stolen vehicle while intoxicated.
The vehicle turned out to not be stolen, but Davis learned that Purvis was wanted on the warrants.
Officers surrounded the house and knocked on the door, but no one answered.
Davis obtained a search warrant, and Sgt. Jeff Williams forced his way into the residence after no one responded to another attempt to have occupants come outside.
A 22-year-old woman who lives at the apartment told police that Purvis came to her residence uninvited and got into a fight with the 34-year-old man, Myers said.
She said the shot was fired sometime during the altercation.
Purvis told police that he would not let the woman answer the door when officers arrived, Myers said.
Police do not know if the 34-year-old man was struck by the bullet, Myers added. Officers are trying to find him to check his welfare and get his side of the story.
Detective Mike Ward is investigating.
Anyone with information can call police at 376-2600. Tips can be made anonymously.
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