Arrest Made in Shots Fired Incident at Oroville Apartment Complex

Oct 11, 2013 12:19 PM

The Oroville Police Department has arrested 29-year-old Joseph Solansky in connection to a shooting at 1872 5th Avenue in Oroville Wednesday afternoon.

A witness who lives at the apartment complex told Action News Now on Wednesday afternoon they saw a white Chevy Truck and a Black Honda Del Sol pull into the parking lot of the apartments around noon. According to the witness, a man reportedly exited the Chevy and began firing at a white Ford Expedition parked in the parking lot. The male suspect then got back into the truck and fled the scene with the Honda. The witness then stated the suspected owners of the white Ford jumped in their vehicle and began to pursue the suspects. There were no reported injuries.

Approximately two hours after the shooting another witness saw the suspect in the white Chevy truck throwing objects out of the car along Foothill Boulevard. Responding officers found a loaded handgun magazine and methamphetamine on the road. The caliber and ammunition found on the roadway matched the bullet shell casings found at the scene of the shooting. The description of the truck given by the witness matched the suspect vehicle seen fleeing the apartment complex earlier Wednesday afternoon. The Chevy truck was eventually located unoccupied by police on a street near where the evidence was found.

Oroville Police Officers tracked the suspect and eventually observed Solansky driving away from his residence on the 1200 block of Pomona Avenue in a 1999 Nissan truck previously reported stolen.

Police have yet to locate the white Ford Expedition which was shot at in the apartment parking lot and driven by a black male and Hispanic woman in pursuit of the suspect vehicle. The investigation is ongoing and police officials were working to identify additional suspects and possible victims. Solansky was booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, felony possession of a firearm and ammunition, vehicle theft and transportation of methamphetamine.


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