By Brian Livingston / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
A teenager was injured in a shooting incident Thursday night but details of the incident are slim at best.
According to Meridian Police Department Capt. Dean Harper, commander of the MPD's Criminal Investigation Division, police responded at about 7:40 p.m. to a shooting in the area of Highway Village.
Upon arrival, Harper said officers found a 19-year-old man who had been shot once in the abdomen. Harper said the victim was transported to a local hospital where it was determined the injury was not life threatening.
Harper said the victim is not cooperating with police in providing any information about the incident. This is a recurring theme for police.
"The police cannot persuade anyone to talk," said James Lee, police chief for the MPD. "We aren't sure at this point if someone shot this person or if it was self inflicted. He won't say anything."
This is a prime example, Lee said, as to why the public needs to get more involved in what is happening around their homes. Lee said someone probably heard or saw something that at first glance may not have seemed important at the time. But having been told of an incident of this type, may now have that one bit of information that could turn the case around — if in fact the injured teen was shot by someone else.
"The bottom line, and this is what we have been preaching for weeks, is that we want the public to help us help them," Lee said. "We may have someone walking around wanting to shoot more people. We need to get this person, and everyone else like them, off the streets."
Lee said it doesn't matter if the crime is theft, aggravated assault, or murder, police need the assistance of eyewitnesses to help solve crimes quickly.
In other cases Thursday, Harper said police arrested 20-year-old Emmanuel D. Toole of Meridian and charged him with residential burglary.
This charge is from a burglary that occurred on August 16 of this year in the 3400 block of 11th Street. Bond for Toole was set at $25,000.
Also Thursday, Harper said police arrested 22-year-old Shya S. Miles of Meridian and charged her with felony shoplifting.
Harper said this charge stems from an alleged theft from a business in the area of Bonita Lakes Mall.
Harper said shoplifting becomes a felony offense when the amount allegedly stolen equals or exceeds $500 in value or if the suspect has prior offenses.
Bond for Miles was set at $10,000.
Harper said members of the MPD's DART (Direct Action Response Team) team arrested 22-year-old Ryan C. Warren of Meridian and charged him with commercial burglary.
This arrest stems from a burglary that occurred on August 31 of this year in the 1300 block of B Street.
Bond for Warren was set at $25,000.