PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Police Department has arrested Daniel Rogers, 18, of Portsmouth and charged him with discharging a weapon within the city, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree and carrying a concealed weapon a misdemeanor of the first degree.
At about 11:25 this morning, officers responded to numerous calls of a man on the flood levee discharging a firearm in the area of Branch Rickey Stadium. Officers said they were told that members of Shawnee State University’s baseball team were on the field preparing for a game when players and coaches noticed the man walking on the levee carrying a gun so everyone cleared the field and called police.
Before officers arrived witnesses said the man walked down the back side of the levee toward the river and fired the gun. The man then came back up the levee and fled east on top of the levee toward McGovney Ready Mix. Additional calls were made to police to inform them that shots had been fired.
Lieutenant Bruce Barney was the first to locate the man as he came off of the levee onto McGovney property in the area of Harmon Street. The man identified himself as Daniel Rogers and told Barney he was 18 years of age.
Upon questioning by Barney, Rogers reportedly admitted to having a gun in his backpack and also reportedly admitted to firing the gun in the area of the baseball stadium.
Rogers was taken into custody on the charges and will be arraigned in Portsmouth Municipal Court on Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. If convicted on both charges Rogers can face up to 15 months in jail and fines of up to $1,200.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.