Kennett police work 2 separate "shots fired" calls, 2 arrested

Kennett police work 2 separate "shots fired" calls, 2 arrested
Otis C. Yancey (Source: Dunklin Co. Jail)
Otis C. Yancey (Source: Dunklin Co. Jail)

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - Two people were arrested following separate incidents where shots were fired in Kennett.

According to the Kennett Police Department, one of the incidents occurred around 8 p.m. Saturday.

Officers were called to a parking lot west of the city square. When officers arrived they interviewed witnesses who thought a vehicle had backfired.

But when officers spoke with the victim involved they discovered there had been a shooting.

After investigating further, police said they arrested Jodie D. Chadwell of Kennett for first degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

Chadwell was taken to the Dunklin County Jail pending the notification of the prosecuting attorney's office.

On Sunday night, in a separate incident, police arrested another person following a shots fired call in the 200-block of W. 9th Street.

Officers were told that the victim had called and said "someone was trying to kill him."

Upon investigating the scene a gun and "several key pieces of evidence" were found, according to KPD.

Otis C. Yancey of Kennett was arrested on charges of first degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

A warrant was issued for Yancey on Monday and bond was set at $100,000 cash.

These incidents are not related to the shooting death of William Thomas Jr.

Kennett police continue to investigate who is responsible for the death of Thomas and encourage anyone with information to come forward.

KPD stated their department, in conjunction with the Dunklin County Prosecutor's Office, is trying to come up with a reward for any information "that leads to an arrest or conviction of a suspect."

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