Police: Heroin Found, Gunshots Fired on Fairview
The following information has been provided by the Newtown Township Police Department. Any arrests or charges mentioned do not indicate guilt or conviction.
NEWTOWN SQUARE–On Oct. 29 at approximately 4 p.m., Newtown police responded to Fairview Avenue in the Florida Park neighborhood for reports of gunshots fired.
Upon arrival to the area, police heard more gunshots fired on the 4300 block of Fairview Avenue. Police were able to locate the gunshots in the wooded area behind a home on the block.
According to the report, as police were walking down a path behind the home, they spotted two men raking the ground next to a fire pit. When police told the men they were investigating gunshots being fired in the vicinity, both men initially denied having or firing a handgun, according to the report.
One man told police that they were lighting fireworks further into the woods while the other stated they were throwing the fireworks into the fire, according to the report. After searching the area, police were unable to locate any fireworks.
According to the report, one man told police that a handgun was buried under a pile of leaves near the fire pit. The men told police they were "just shooting bottles" just before police arrived to the scene, according to the report.
Police were able to locate a .22 caliber revolver with a tan handle. The gun was loaded with three spent .22 caliber casings and three live .22 caliber casings, according to the report.
Upon further investigation, police located a bundle of suspected heroin in blue packets labeled "security" in red letters along with a box of .22 caliber rounds. Another bundle of suspected Heroin was found on one of the men as well as an empty Winchester .22 caliber-long rifle ammunition box. Two small blue wax paper containing suspected heroin residue was found on the other man along with a small pocket knife.
According to the report, the men admitted to police they had been using heroin and drank a few beers while shooting the gun prior to police arrival. One man told police he brought his brother's gun over to the other man's house.
One man was identified as a 25-year-old of Winding Way in Newtown Square and the other was identified as a 26-year-old of Fairview Avenue in Newtown Square.
Both men were arrested on misdemeanor charges of recklessly endangering another person and prohitibited acts/penalties. A preliminary hearing will be held on Dec. 13 before Magisterial District Judge Leon Hunter.