Eaton man arrested for firing shots into house

Eddie Mowen Jr.

January 14, 2014

An Eaton man was arrested last week after shots were fired at a residence on Ohio 320.

On Wednesday, Jan. 8, at approximately 10:45 p.m., Preble County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 10102 1⁄2 Ohio 320 in New Westville, regarding shots being fired in the area. According to Sheriff Mike Simpson, when deputies arrived, they determined that several rounds from a handgun had in fact been fired from the roadway, and a residence had been struck.

Deputies determined that a dispute had occurred at the residence just prior to the shots being fired, between a male and a female.

Simpson reported, the male was reported to be intoxicated and had been showing people a weapon while in the house. The male became upset when asked to leave and was refused entry back in to the house. Witnesses identified the suspect who had fired the shots. The suspect had fled in a vehicle and deputies located and arrested him at his residence a short time later.

Jacob B. Swank, 29, was arrested and housed in the Preble County Jail. He has been formally charged in Eaton Municipal Court with improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation, a 2nd degree felony; having weapons while under disability, a 3rd degree felony; improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a 4th degree felony; using weapons while intoxicated, a 1st degree misdemeanor.

Swank has prior convictions for drug offenses, which prohibits him from owning or possessing a firearm, according to Simpson.

Deputies closed the roadway in front of the residence in order to collect evidence in the case. According to Simpson, evidence was found the shots which were fired had in fact struck the residence while persons were inside. Deputies were assisted by the Northwest Fire Department, which provided lighting for the area.