DECATUR — Two 17-year-old males and an 18-year-old man were arrested in Decatur Monday evening after police drove up on a gun battle in progress on the city's east side.
Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said in a statement Tuesday that second-shift Decatur police officers Brandon Rolfs and Matthew Kaufman “witnessed subjects firing shots at each other in the area of 17th and Decatur (streets) about 6:37 p.m.”
“Eleven people were initially detained, and two 17-year-old males, and an 18-year-old male, were ultimately arrested. More arrests may be forthcoming," Copeland said.
Copeland said a search warrant was later obtained for a home in the 1600 block of East Decatur Street, and three handguns were seized along with an assortment of live ammunition, fired cartridge cases and a quantity of cannabis. An additional handgun was also found during police searches of the area and seized as evidence.
Copeland said the case remains under investigation. He said dealing with the situation Monday night had pulled in a large police response. He said 18 officers were involved and they worked the crime scene until 3 a.m. Tuesday.
“It sounds like a good majority of the second-shift patrol officers, second shift adult detectives and Street Crimes (Unit) detectives as well as some third-shift officers, who were called in early to assist, were tied up on this for quite a while,” Copeland said.
He said he was not aware of any injuries caused by the gunfire and did not have information, so far, on any property damage caused by bullets.
Preliminary charges had not yet been filed in the case as of Tuesday afternoon, police said.