CIRCLEVILLE — A Wellston man who is no stranger to local authorities was apprehended last week in Circleville.

Matthew R. Cooper, 29, of Wellston, was wanted in connection to an alleged shooting in Wellston. Reportedly, the incident happened on the evening of Saturday, March 28.

Wellston Police Chief John A. Robinson told The Courier that the incident happened around 10:56 p.m.

“We received a report that a driver of a vehicle had fired shots from a handgun in the direction of another vehicle occupied by juveniles at Minnesota Avenue and Golden Rocket Drive,” explained Robinson. “It was determined that no one was physically injured and no property had been damaged.”

Robinson said, “The shooter vehicle fled the scene. An investigation began, and the unoccipied suspect vehicle was located on Sunday, March 29, in the morning, which resulted in the service of two search warrants in Wellston.”

The Wellston Police Department (WPD) had filed a case with the Jackson County Municipal Court on Monday, March 30. A bench warrant for his arrest was issued the same day.

A day later, on Tuesday, March 31, the Alliance of the Circleville Police Department, the Circleville Municipal Court Probation Department and the U.S. Marshals Southern Ohio Fugitive Strike Team (S.O.F.A.S.T.) apprehended Cooper without incident.

According to authorities, multiple search warrants were conducted at the Rodeway Inn in Circleville. At the Rodeway Inn, is where Cooper and a female were located hiding from the U.S. Marshal’s Office. The pair surrendered without altercation.

Cooper was transported to the Pickaway County Jail, and later transferred to the Jackson County Correctional Facility. He is being held on a million dollar bond.

The investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and WPD continues. The case will be forwarded to the the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration of more charges.

Cooper is reportedly facing pending multiple changes of felonious assault, weapons under disability and adult parole violation.

Note: The Courier will update this story when more information is available.

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