Created on Thursday, 22 November 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
URBANA — The Urbana Police Division is investigating a shooting incident that occurred about 8:35 p.m. Wednesday in an alley located in the city's downtown.
Police report a male suspect was allegedly observed engaged in an argument with a gun on the east side of an alley in the 100 block of south Main Street by an off-duty St. Paris police officer who was driving by the area.
As city officers approached the area, the suspect reportedly fired a shot and fled the scene on foot. Police do not believe anyone was struck by the gunfire.
Michael A. Dean, 29, of 1063 S. Main St., Urbana, was apprehended in the 400 block of south Kenton St. by Champaign County Sheriff's deputies within minutes of the incident.
Reports indicate the supect discarded the weapon while attempting to escape. It was later recovered and taken into evidence.
Mr. Dean has been charged with having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; carrying a concealed weapon, a fifth-degree felony; possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony; illegal possession of firearms on liquor permit premises, a fifth-degree felony; and discharging firearms, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.
The suspect, who was lodged in the Tri-County Regional Jail, was recently released from prison and has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for felonious assault and assaulting a police officer.
Police remained on the scene, processing evidence, until about 11 a.m. Also assisting were Ohio Wildlife officers.