Caldwell police investigate reports of shots fired, arrest two on unrelated charges

March 5, 2014 

While Caldwell police were investigating two reports of shots fired early Tuesday, they arrested two men on unrelated charges.

The first report of shots fired at an unoccupied vehicle occurred at 1:30 a.m. in the 18000 block of Wagner Road in Canyon County. Witnesses told police they saw a dark-colored pickup leave the scene.

About 15 minutes later, police received a report of shots fired in the 1800 block of Arthur Street in Caldwell. Witnesses described a vehicle similar to what was seen leaving the first shooting.

A truck matching the description of the suspect's vehicle was spotted by patrol officers near 19th and Cleveland streets. Officers found no firearm in the vehicle, but they discovered a passenger in the vehicle, Christopher Tuckness, was wanted on four warrants (driving without privileges, driving without privileges-2nd offense, failure to appear in court and failure to provide proof of insurance).

While doing an area search after stopping the pickup, officers encountered a man, later identified as Adam Downs, leaving a residence in the 1700 block of Cleveland Street. He agreed to let them search his car, and officers found a stolen laptop computer. Downs was arrested at the scene.

When they went into the apartment that Downs had just left, they found 44 grams of crystal meth, along with prescription medications packaged for sale.

Downs was arrested and booked into the Canyon County Jail on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of stolen property and frequenting a drug house. He was later charged with violating the terms of his parole.

Later in the day, police were called to a residence in the 300 block of South 18th Street for a vehicle that had been shot overnight. Investigators believe that incident was related to the second report of shots fired.

Caldwell Police and the Canyon County Sheriff's Office are working together on the investigation into the two shootings. They believe the two shooting incidents — which damaged only property — are related.

Lt. Devin Riley said investigators don't believe the incidents are gang-related; however, they believe they are drug-related.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call Caldwell Police, 455-3115.

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