HILLSDALE (Hillsdale Watch) – The suspected shooter in the “drive-by shooting” incident in Cambria Township was arrested in Mississippi on Wednesday.
The drive-by shooting occurred at 3:44 a.m on Wednesday, April 5th. A single bullet flew through a window of a home on the 4000 block of Bankers Rd. Several people were inside the home, but fortunately no one was injured.
After conducting a thorough investigation, and receiving numerous tips from the community, Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Deputies identified the several suspects involved in the incident.
On Monday, April 10th the Hillsdale County Prosecutors Office issued a multi-count felony warrant for the suspected shooter, 18-year-old Koti Jake Ellis of Litchfield.
According to Hillsdale County Sheriff Tim Parker, on Sunday, April 9th, the day before the warrant was issued, deputies were notified that their suspect, Kodi Ellis, had been arrested in Missouri and was in possession of a firearm. HCSO personnel advised the authorities in Missouri of the driving-by shooting investigation. The firearm was confiscated and Kodi Ellis was released from custody.
Further investigation by Hillsdale County Deputies discovered that the firearm was actually stolen. However, it had not yet been reported stolen. It wasn’t until Hillsdale County Deputies contacted the registered owner of the firearm before the owner realized it was missing.
On Wednesday, April 12th Koti Ellis was arrested in Mississippi. He is currently lodged at the Issaquena County Correctional Facility in Mayersville where he’s facing local charges.
Fun fact: Issaquena County has a population of less than 1400, making it the least populous county east of the Mississippi River.
The Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department requested that a hold be placed on Ellis for the charges against him in Hillsdale County.
Ellis is being charged with discharging firearm at dwelling, larceny of a firearm, conspiracy to commit larceny of a firearm, and possessing firearm while committing a felony.
Sheriff Parker said the investigation has uncovered other crimes, and other suspects may be charged as well.