Police: Break-In Included Assault
Three suspects involved in Tuesday’s early morning home invasion and subsequent gunshot exchange with Jamestown Police are still at large.
According to Captain Robert F. Samuelson, division commander of the Jamestown Police Department, the suspects are wanted for allegedly breaking into a 188 Falconer St. home and attacking the residents inside over an apparent drug-related issue.
The residents were reportedly a family and a small group of friends.
“People also came to the door (during the incident) … and were pulled in and beaten up too,” Samuelson said.
Details on the number of victims, their connection with the suspects or the extent of their injuries were not released.
After the Jamestown Police responded to the scene shortly after 3 a.m., the three suspects attempted to escape out of a window. The last one to leave fired a shot at an officer before fleeing with the other two in a southern direction behind the houses on Stowe Street.
The police officer, who was uninjured, returned fire. It is unclear whether any of the suspects were injured.
Currently, four suspects are in custody- two were found hiding inside the residence and charged with first-degree burglary, while the other two were found walking on the railroad tracks west of Jamestown and detained on parole violations and as persons-of-interest.
Police are requesting the public to provide any assistance on the whereabouts of the three wanted suspects – one of whom may be injured – by calling 483-7357 or leaving an anonymous tip at 483-8477 (Tips).
Samuelson acknowledged that shootings in Jamestown are rare, with those involving a form of injury even rarer.
In the past eight years, there have been a total of six shooting incidents in the city that have led to an injury.
The most recent was a shooting at Chadakoin Park in April that left one man injured.
The last officer-related shooting that led to an injury was in September 1999, when David Mitchell, a Jamestown undercover narcotics officer, was shot in the face by one of his informants. He was able to recover from his injuries.
According to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, 21 violent crimes involving a firearm occurred in Jamestown in 2013.
In the first four months of this year, five occurred.
Samuelson stated without hesitation that drugs are the nexus to most of these incidents.
“All the issues that we have in Jamestown, whether they be property crimes or violent crimes, are all surrounding drugs,” he said. “It further anchors (our need to continue) our enforcement.”
Samuelson also said that the neighborhood surrounding the Falconer Street residence does have significant drug activity, and in that respect, is not too different from others off of Second Street.