By Frank Lewis
The Portsmouth Police have arrested Eric Carr, age 26, of Portsmouth, in connection with a shooting incident that occurred at about 11:35 p.m. Wednesday night.
At about 11:40 p.m. officers received a call from Jonathon Evans that Carr had fired three shots at his pickup truck as he drove down Dexter Avenue. Evans said one of the shots had struck the right rear tire of his truck causing it to go flat. Portsmouth Police Operations Captain Lynn Brewer said Carr told officers he and some witnesses were currently on a parking lot at the corner of Eighth Street and Campbell Avenue.
Officers of the police department responded to the corner of Eighth and Campbell and took statements from Evans and two witnesses to the shooting. Police said one of the witnesses, Payton Scott said she was the girlfriend of Eric Carr.
Scott reportedly told officers she and Carr had been in a verbal altercation earlier in the day and Carr had threatened her with a firearm. Scott said she called the other witness Brittney Allgood to come and get her so she could get out of the residence. Brewer said Scott told officers that Allgood and Evans showed up and picked her up and as they started to leave, Carr shot at the vehicle.
Officers of the Police Department went to 1812 Dexter Ave., Carr’s residence, to make an arrest. Brewer said that initially Carr refused to open the door. He said officers were given a key to the residence by Scott who also gave them permission to enter her home. Officers announced their intentions to Carr and after several minutes Carr came out of the residence and surrendered.
According to the police narrative, officers were given consent to search the residence. During the search officers said they recovered a handgun that had been hidden in a storage building as well as evidence of drug trafficking that lead officers to believe that Carr was selling drugs.
Carr was charged with domestic violence, a felony of the fourth degree from the earlier incident in the day where he reportedly threatened Scott with the weapon. He was also charged with possessing criminal tools a felony of the fifth degree; discharging a firearm on or near a prohibited premises; trafficking in drugs a felony of the fourth degree and receiving stolen property, also a felony of the fourth degree. Brewer said the firearm that Carr was in possession of was a stolen weapon.
Carr was taken to the Scioto County Jail to be held for arrangement on his charges Thursday morning in Portsmouth Municipal Court. If convicted on all charges Carr could face up to 5 years and six months in prison as well as fines up to $17,500.
The investigation is continuing and Brewer said anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the Portsmouth Police Department at 740-353-4101 or the Detective Bureau at 740-354-1600.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.