Officers Investigating Disturbance at a Shelter Last Night

Officers responded to a report of shots fired and a possible robbery attempt last night at a shelter in the 600 block of 12th Avenue South.  Officers searched the building but did not locate the suspect.

At approximately 9:45 pm Saturday night officers responded to a reported disturbance inside the shelter.  Callers stated that a male armed with a handgun entered a common area and attempted to rob the individuals sleeping inside.  Reports from witnesses stated that the suspect may have assaulted one of the people sleeping inside before another person intervened and chased the suspect away.  During the confrontation, a handgun was discharged, but no one was struck.

Officers arrived and searched the entire premise but did not locate the suspect. Officers had conflicting reports of what actually transpired, but  did locate a shell casing.   This remains an active and on going investigation.

The department is now working with the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) to address safety issues.