A chaotic scene in Louisiana led to a chaotic scene in Vandalia last week after arrests were made in relation to a Pike County shooting.
Last Tuesday, there were 10 law enforcement patrol cars seeking a Louisiana shooting suspect in relation to an incident that took place earlier in the day.
Cruisers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Vandalia, Center, Pike County
Sheriff’s Department, Audrain County Sheriff’s Department, along with two unmarked vehicles converged in an effort to make an arrest.
They eventually tracked down suspect Aaron Weatherby, age 18, of Vandalia.
Weatherby and one other man was apprehended at an apartment in the 1000 block of S. Maple St. in Vandalia about 6:50 p.m. on March 11, according to Vandalia Police Chief Tony Laird.
Laird said an officer from his department spotted a red, two-door Chevrolet Cavalier at a Vandalia apartment complex that matched a vehicle Louisiana Police were searching for in connection with the shooting.
Vandalia and Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) officers obtained a search warrant and apprehended the men without incident, Laird said. They were held for Louisiana Police, who came and took them back to Pike County, he added.
“As the suspects were being reported as having been involved in a shooting just hours before and had to be considered armed and dangerous, I am sure that all the responding units were headed to 1000 S. Maple as fast as they could safely do so,” he noted. “Citizen safety is our primary concern. It is my understanding the initial police call for ‘shots fired’ came in at approximately 12:30 p.m. and the two subjects were in police custody by 6:50 p.m. I feel this could only have been accomplished by a lot of good police work by several officers from different agencies and a great deal of cooperation by several law enforcement agencies…”
As a result of the search warrant, 31-year-old female Amy Marie Irvin, of Vandalia, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was sent at $15,000 but she received no charges in relation to the Louisiana crime.
Her arrest was through an organized effort of the East Central Drug Task Force.
Both Weatherby and his brother Bradley Weatherby, age 21, of Frankford, were then officially arrested and charged over the weekend. Their charges include unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence.
The two men are being held in the Pike County Jail with bonds set at $100,000, this according to Pike County Sheriff’s Stephen Korte.
Aaron Weatherby, who had been released earlier after a 24-hour hold, was arrested on the new charges when he turned himself in, Korte said.
A review of online court records showed no previous charges under Aaron Weatherby’s name as an adult.
Read the rest of this breaking news story in the March 19 issue of The Vandalia Leader.