Men arrested after shooting
By John W. Goodwin Jr.
Two men accused of firing off shots and terrorizing a South Side neighborhood Tuesday afternoon remain in Mahoning County jail today.
Police arrested Jeffrey Jones, 29, of Stewart Avenue, and Shannon Kelley, 32, of Garfield Avenue, after a shooting and clash with police just after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on Avondale Avenue on the South Side.
Both men were arraigned Wednesday before Judge Elizabeth Kobly of Youngstown Municipal Court.
Jones, who prosecutors say has a previous arrest for drug trafficking, is charged with carrying concealed weapons, illegal possession of a weapon, possession of drugs and failure to comply with the signal or order of a police officer. Judge Kobly set his bond at a total of $150,000.
Prosecutors said Kelley has a lengthy criminal record that includes drug trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs and taking the identity of another. He is facing a felony burglary charge after Tuesday’s melee. Judge Kobly set his bond at $50,000.
According to police reports, a citizen stopped a city police officer and two agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, saying someone was shooting at the intersection of Lucius and South avenues. Officers arrived at the location and saw an SUV — with Jones driving and Kelley as the passenger — speeding away.
The officers began chasing the two, but both men jumped out of the SUV in the 700 block of Avondale and began running. No one put the SUV in park and the vehicle rolled on its own, coming close to striking a woman and her children who were walking home from a nearby playground. A resident put the vehicle in park after it hit a tree.
Reports say officers chased Kelley down the driveway of and into an Avondale home. Police say the woman who lives at the home told Kelley not to come in, but he entered the house anyway. The woman later told police she does not know Kelley and was fearful for her children when he ran into her house.
Officers ordered Kelley out of the house and he complied. Police arrested Jones in the rear yard of another Avondale home.
Police did not find any guns on the men, but did find a loaded .380 caliber handgun in the bushes near a house the two men ran past. Reports say police also found a plastic bag of suspected crack cocaine on Jones while he was being searched before his arrest.