Shamarr Thigpen appears in Clark County Municipal Court. STAFF

Springfield men accused of shooting at fleeing man

Two Springfield men are accused of shooting at a man trying to break up a large fight and then again when the man was trying to run away.

Jonavon McCoy and Shamarr Thigpin, both 22, were indicted on a charge of felonious assault in Clark County Common Pleas Court.

Springfield police began their investigation on June 29 when they were called to the area of West Parkwood Avenue and West Southern Parkway in reference to a man being shot at, a police affidavit says.

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“Upon arrival officers located a black Chevy Equinox … crashed,” the affidavit says.

Officers spoke with a man who said he was shot at by McCoy and Thigpen.

“(The man) advised that his wife was at Walmart on North Bechtle Avenue and was being threatened by two females,” the affidavit says. “(The man) stated that his wife called him to tell him about the incident.”

The man said he and two others went to the store and were met by McCoy and Thigpen.

“(The man) advised words were exchanged at Walmart and then he and the others left,” the report says.

As the group was leaving the store, they noticed they were being followed by McCoy, Thigpen and women in a blue Chrysler PT Cruiser, according to the affidavit.

“(The man) stated that the females in the PT Cruiser got out of the car and began hitting (the man’s) vehicle,” the report says. “(The man) advised that a female in their car got out and started fighting the other females. (The man) stated that the fight quickly turned as one girl was outnumbered and (the man) tried to break up the fight.”

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At this time McCoy allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband and started pointing it at him and the other people, according to the affidavit. Thigpen allegedly pulled up his shirt to show he also had a firearm, the affidavit says.

“(The man) stated that the fight continued for a few more seconds at which time Mr. McCoy shot at him two times. (The man) stated that he began to run and at one point he heard a third shot fired. (The man) advised he looked back and observed Mr. Thigpen pointing a handgun at him.”

The man said he tried to drive away from the scene but was chased by the two men, according to the affidavit.

“(The man) advised that he attempted to lose the PT Cruiser and ended up crashing into a tree,” the affidavit says.

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McCoy and Thigpen appeared in Clark County Municipal Court on Monday before they were indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court. They pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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