Man arrested after shooting spree earlier in the month

A man was arrested Wednesday on criminal recklessness charges in connection with a shooting spree earlier this month.

According to documents filed in Allen Superior Court, Roy J. Thomas, 45, of the 6400 block of John Street, allegedly fired four shots in the direction of his estranged wife and her two children as they were trying to get into their vehicle at 7:38 a.m. Jan. 9. They ran into their house and called police, but Thomas was not there when police arrived. One shot struck the rear window of the woman’s vehicle and another shot also struck the house next door, where no one was reported injured, the affidavit said.

Police responded later that day at 10:02 p.m. to a call of a party armed with shots fired. Upon arrival, Thomas allegedly was identified by witnesses as the man who fired two shots into two separate apartments. One bullet shattered the window glass of one apartment and landed on the kitchen floor. Two shell casings and a live round were found at that scene, and witnesses who went outside to see who fired the shots identified Thomas, the affidavit said.

Another witness who was driving home at the time of the second police call saw a man throw an item over the fence and onto his property. The witness found a black-and-green bag and what appeared to be the handle of a handgun. Police collected the gun.

Police then responded to a “suspicious person” call at 3:13 p.m. Tuesday and found Thomas, who was taken to the police station for questioning regarding the Jan. 9 shooting incidents.

When interviewed by police, Thomas said he fired into the window of the one apartment because he believed the person inside was a man who had beaten him in the past. He denied at first but later admitted to police that he shot at his estranged wife because he was mad at her, the affidavit said.