Police Called To Home Of Shooting, Standoff 13 Times Since June


UPDATED: Monday December 10, 2012 5:22 PM

Neighbors said that they were fed up with a home that has prompted multiple police runs and 911 calls.

Most recently, police responded to a report of a shooting at 163 South Terrace Ave. in the Hilltop early Monday morning.

Police said that Vincent Eldridge was into custody after a standoff with SWAT officers spanning more than four hours. Authorities said that once inside, they found Eldridge on a couch claiming to be asleep.

SWAT officers responded to the scene after a man transported himself to Mount Carmel West Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg around 2 a.m. The man was later identified as 29-year-old Douglas Spettel.

According to police, Eldridge entered the home trying to find a woman who he said owed him money. Unable to find her, he allegedly shot Spettel in the leg. Several other people were inside the home at the time of the shooting, and Eldridge allegedly threatened to kill anyone who attempted to leave.

Eldridge, 40, was charged with felonious assault in connection with the shooting. Sources confirmed that a gun inside the home was believed to be connected to the shooting victim's injuries.

Authorities eventually took three men and three women into custody from inside the home. All six were being questioned.

Residents living near the shooting scene were asked to remain inside their homes as a precaution during the incident.

One resident, who asked to remain anonymous because of safety concerns, said that she wants to move away.

“I’ve called the narcotics squad about 10 times or more and hadn’t heard anything from them,” the resident said.

Officials with The Columbus Division of Police Narcotics Division said that they have initiated two investigations this year but were unable to get enough information to build a case.

“There is traffic in and out of the house at all hours of the night,” the woman said.

She said that the trouble on Terrace Avenue needs to end.

“After last night it really, really needs to stop,” the woman said. “They need to evict them or shut their house down or something.”

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