A Charleston man has been arrested for allegedly firing shots outside of a North Church Street residence in Ripley.
Justin Allen Goble, 30, 5635 Macorkle Ave., Charleston, was charged with burglary, wanton endangerment, using a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal possession of a firearm, and manufacture/possession/delivery of a controlled substance. Jackson County Magistrate Jacqueline Casto set bond at $110,000.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, around 9:04 p.m., the Jackson County 911 Center received several calls that there were shots fired at in the 300 block of North Church Street in Ripley.
As officers were en route, dispatchers reported a 911 caller stated he saw a man drive up to a residence on North Church Street in a black four-door car, get out of the vehicle, and fire several shots outside the house and one inside the house.
Patrolmen J.P. Anderson and B.L. Hart of the Ripley Police Department responded to the area, and dispatchers reported another call of a black four-door car that was seen driving erratically on Sixth Street.
Anderson continued to North Church Street and Hart went to Sixth Street. A short time later, Hart reported he was out with the vehicle on Sixth Street and Anderson responded to assist.
The officers identified the vehicle’s occupant as Goble. The officers located a firearm in the vehicle and detained Goble while they investigated the incident. Goble had the firearm placed partially under the seat between the driver’s side door and the seat. The firearm was a Smith and Wesson 40-caliber handgun with one round in the chamber and a round in the magazine. Officers also found a box containing 25 shells and a magazine to a 9 mm.
Anderson saw a female outside a nearby residence, and she asked if everything was OK. Anderson asked if she knew the man driving the car, and she stated it was her daughter’s friend. The woman said her daughter had not been seen for a “little while.”
Later, the woman’s daughter stated she had been with Goble during the incident but did not know a firearm had been discharged. She told the officers she left on foot at one point but did not remember when. Officers said the girl’s statement was inconsistent and changed multiple times.
Officers went to the residence on North Church Street. They knocked on the door and found that it was open. Anderson and Fisher announced themselves and entered the residence.
Two males came down the stairs and greeted the officers. The first witness said he knew nothing of what had happened and no one had been inside the residence.
The second witness said he was upstairs in the house and heard gunshots outside. The second witness stated he recognized the man firing the shots as Goble, and he said that Goble had come upstairs with a firearm in his hand and asked about the location of an acquaintance. The second witness claimed Goble then left the residence and fired the gun once again. However, the second witness stated he did not know the exact number of times the weapon was discharged.
Officers located, marked, and photographed five spent shell casings belonging to a .40-caliber near the sidewalk. The officers then went to a nearby residence that was equipped with a surveillance system.
Officers watched the surveillance video, which showed the vehicle drive up to the residence and a subject get out of the vehicle and fire two rounds. The subject then leaves the frame for a short time before coming back and firing three more rounds before getting in the vehicle and leaving.
In addition to the firearm, magazine, and ammunition, during the search of the vehicle, officers also found 9 green bars consistent with Xanax, a baggie containing 5 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine, and a baggie containing 2 grams of suspected marijuana.
After Goble was taken to South Central Regional Jail for processing, officers found he had $600 in cash and a glass smoking device tucked between his upper thighs.