Gunman shooting at people/vehicles on 41

Gunman shooting at people/vehicles on 41

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Pam F

Vandalia, OH

#1 Dec 3, 2012
From Channel 12. Dec 3, 2012
Adams County officials tell Local 12 that they've closed down a section of State Route 41 in Peebles as they search for someone who is firing shots at cars.

The section of highway affected is between Route 781 and State Route 32.

Officers began getting calls from drivers who reported someone was shooting at them around 12:30 p.m. No one has been hit.

Officers are now looking for the gunman. Local 12 has a crew on the scene and we'll post new information as soon as it is available.
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Vandalia, OH

#2 Dec 3, 2012
Channel 5

Authorities say a man who may have opened fire on drivers in Adams County on Monday is in custody.

The People's Defender newspaper said Ohio 41 was closed from the bottom of Jacktown hill near Hull Road to the intersection of Ohio 32. Ohio 781 is also closed from Jacktown to Ohio 41, the paper said.

The paper said Ohio 41 reopened just before 2 p.m. News 5's Karin Johnson said a white SUV was parked in a driveway off Ohio 41 with windows shot out. Johnson said deputies were still at the scene near Jack Campbell Road.

A witness told News 5 she and several other drivers were stopped on Ohio 41 south of Peebles by sheriff's deputies just after 1 p.m.

While she was trying to find out how to get around the road closure, she said she heard five gunshots.

Dispatchers confirmed that a man was taken into custody shortly after 2 p.m. and all roads have been reopened.

No injuries were reported.

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Vandalia, OH

#3 Dec 3, 2012
Channel 9

PEEBLES, Ohio - A man has been arrested by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly firing a gun at his wife's vehicle.

The suspect, who hasn’t yet been identified by deputies, is undergoing a mental evaluation at an area hospital.

Deputies responded to the Peebles area shortly after 12:30 p.m. Monday when motorists reported that their vehicles were being fired upon.
A section of State Route 41 was closed by deputies for about two hours, as they investigated the incident. The affected area was between Route 781 and State Route 32, in the vicinity of Jacob Campbell Road.

More information on the suspect is expected shortly.
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Vandalia, OH

#5 Dec 4, 2012
Channel 5

PEEBLES, OH - An Adams County man is in custody after, deputies said, he opened fire on passing drivers.

Officials said state Route 41 was shut down for several hours from the bottom of Jacktown Hill, near Hull Road, to the intersection of state Route 32 while crews dealt with the incident. The People's Defender newspaper said state Route 781 was also closed from Jacktown to state Route 41.

Deputies were sent to a home on Jake Campbell Road about 12:30 p.m. Monday after getting a call from 55-year-old Michael Gehler's wife.

The woman told investigators that she had to run to a neighbor's house because Gehler was shooting at her.

The Sheriff's Office said when deputies arrived, Gehler started shooting at them, as well.

Authorities were forced to close the nearby roadways to keep people safe.

"There were shots fired at the car, shots fired in the house and from the inside of the house to the outside multiple times. We're not sure on a count yet. We're waiting on crime scene [investigators] to get that information to us," Adams County Chief Deputy Jeff McCarty said.

Deputies said Gehler eventually surrendered and was taken to an area hospital for a mental evaluation.

McCarty said no one was hurt, but charges are pending.

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