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Police arrest man in Traders World Flea Market shooting

Posted at 9:04 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 21:04:43-04

MONROE, Ohio — A man wanted in connection to the shooting last month at Traders World Flea Market is jailed in Kentucky, the Journal-News reports.

Monroe police said Michael Thamann was arrested Monday in Gallatin County, Ky., and is being held in the Carroll County Jail in Kentucky on a fugitive from another state warrant and is awaiting extradition to Ohio.

Thamann is been charged in the March 15 shooting with felonious assault, a second-degree felony; and for having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony.

Officer Joshua King, Monroe police public information officer, declined to release additional details Tuesday night.

Police Chief Bob Buchanan said two people from different “criminal elements” got into an altercation in Barn 9 that escalated when several more people from both sides got involved. He declined to identify either group as a gang. Buchanan said multiple shots were fired during the incident.

The first reports of the shooting occurred at approximately 1:58 p.m. March 15 at the flea market at 601 Union Road and Ohio 63. Multiple police departments responded to the large market area and traffic was stopped at Traders World’s main entrance. Police were seen checking customers as they left the main entrance and also placed tape encircling Barns 8 and 9 for possible related evidence later that afternoon.

A 911 caller reported that somebody was shot in Building 9 at the leather shop and was “bleeding terribly.”

The victim was shot in the extremities with a handgun and was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown for treatment, Buchanan said.

Buchanan said that officials didn’t believe there was a threat to the community and this was an isolated incident between two people.

Police did arrest one person who was not involved in the shooting for having a weapon under disability. However, Buchanan declined to identify the victim or the person who was arrested who was found with a weapon and said the investigation is ongoing and that police were still working on the motive for the shooting.

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