Gunshots lead to drug charge

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By Chris Sardelli

 Christopher Sardelli


The sound of gunshots led officers to a Lancaster home where a man was arrested on drug and firearm charges. 

Darrick Montavis Jackson, 24, 206 McCardell St., was arrested Jan. 18 on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, drug paraphernalia and discharging a firearm in the city, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

A group of police were drawn to Jackson’s home just before 6 p.m. that day after an officer heard gunshots fired in the area of McCardell and Gay streets. 

As they responded to the scene, several officers noticed a black Crown Victoria with its driver’s side door open, parked in front of the house. 

The group of officers drew their weapons as they first walked toward the car and then toward the nearby home, the report said. 

Officers noticed two men inside the home, including Jackson, who were looking out the front door, while another officer found a woman sitting inside the car, the report said. 

After separating the three people, officers asked the homeowner for permission to search the house, which he granted. 

During a preliminary search of the home, officers found a small bag filled with a substance believed to be marijuana, as well as several marijuana roaches, the report said. 

“While officers were inside of the house, fellow officers located several spent shell casings on the ground in front of the house between the Crown Victoria and the front door,” an officer wrote in the report. 

Based on the shell casings, which belonged to a .40-caliber handgun, officers received a search warrant for the home, the report said. 

Using the search warrant, officers recovered several marijuana joints, a set of digital scales, and a bag containing six smaller bags filled with marijuana, the report said. They also found a box of .40-caliber bullets and a .40-caliber pistol in the garbage, the report said. 

Officers spoke with all three people, who each gave a slightly different story about the shooting. 

The woman said all three of them were sitting in the parked car when they heard shots, while one of the men said he heard shots after Jackson went inside the house, the report said. 

Jackson at first told officers he heard the shots before they arrived at the home, but later changed his story, the report said.

“He stated that he exited the vehicle and fired several rounds off in the air while walking into his residence,” an officer wrote in the report. “Darrick stated that he then went inside and later noticed the police. Darrick stated that he then placed the pistol in the trash can in the rear of the residence.”

He also told officers the marijuana was his and was then arrested at the scene, the report said.

The other two people were released without being charged.

shooting incident

Police are also investigating a separate shooting incident that happened at 11 p.m. Jan. 13.

In that case, officers responded to Crenco, 700 S. Main St., about shots fired in the parking lot, according to a police incident report. 

At the scene, officers spoke with two women, one of whom said an unknown man attacked another man in the parking lot. 

The woman told officers that during the assault she heard two gunshots, but didn’t see who fired the shots. She said the victim then ran from the scene and the other suspects got into a black SUV and drove toward Brooklyn Avenue.

The other woman reported that after the man was assaulted, she saw him shoot at the SUV, the report said. The only description she could give of the suspects is that the driver was wearing a yellow shirt.

An officer found one shell casing at the scene and collected it as evidence.

The case is still ongoing, the report said.


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416