On July 29th at approx. 3:15am Chillicothe Police Officers were dispatched to the street in front of 695 St. Margaret Rd. in ref. to a shooting. Upon arrival officers located blood in the street and was given information that both the victim and the suspected shooter left the scene in separate vehicles. The victim, Nicholas T. Morgan, was driven to the Adena E.R. with a gunshot wound to the leg where he was contacted by officers. The initial investigation determined that there was an altercation between the victim, Morgan, and Derek L. Thomas of 740 Erie Ave. During this incident Thomas fired at least two rounds from a pistol at Morgan striking him in the leg with at least one shot. Thomas was later located by a patrol officer in the area near his home on Erie. A foot pursuit ensued during which the officer observed Thomas with his hands in the front his waist band. The officer lost sight of Thomas near the library on Delano Ave. Thomas was later located in that same area and taken into custody. A handgun was located on the roof of the library located at 550 Buckeye Street where Thomas had run and was secured as evidence. Thomas is in the Ross County Jail charged with felonious assault.

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