A pre-dawn burglary, shots fired and a dog fatally wounded all in a northeast side neighborhood led to the arrest Tuesday of a 23-year-old man who had locked himself inside a southeast side house after becoming a target in the investigations of the crimes.
Ardmore police were called about 4 a.m. to the Big 5 Apartments in response to a burglary. Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt, APD public information officer, said during that investigation, officers heard three gunshots in the same neighborhood.
At the same time, Hunnicutt said police dispatchers "received a phone call from an elderly woman in the 1200 block of 4th NE upset that someone had just shot her dog. Officers found the dog expired with three bullet wounds."
Although the crimes were vastly different, one element of both cases linked them together.
"The description of the vehicle and suspects in both the burglary and shooting were very similar and believed to be the same," Hunnicutt said.
Capt. Eric Hamblin saw a car matching the description of the one used in the shooting and the burglary parked in front of a Burton Street residence. Octavius Godwin ran from the car when Hamblin approached. Godwin fled into the house and locked himself inside. But according to police reports, the effort only forestalled the inevitable.
A subsequent search of the local man's car uncovered a number of bags of marijuana, which Hunnicutt described as "packed in a manner associated with the selling of marijuana." The discovery of the drugs led to a search warrant for the house and the recovery a handgun suspected of being the weapon used in slaying the dog, and culminated in Godwin's arrest.
Hunnicutt said late Tuesday no motive had been established for either the burglary or killing the dog.
Godwin was booked into the Carter County Detention Center pending a number of charges, including use of a vehicle to facilitate the discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm after former conviction and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Godwin is already facing formal first-degree burglary charges filed in connection with an August case. The drug and gun charges that could result from his arrest Tuesday would also be Round 2 for Godwin, who was convicted in a case filed a year ago for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
A woman and a teenager, identified as passengers in Godwin's car when he bolted for the security of the southeast side residence, could also face charges. Hunnicutt said the two were released early Tuesday after being interviewed. However, investigative reports have been sent to the district attorney's office, and one or both of the females could still be charged in connection with the marijuana found in the car.