Crime

Two men arrested after shots fired in Meridian

Meridian police arrived early Tuesday morning at a residence and found a pickup truck shot up and other bullet holes inside a closet in the home.

Neighbors called police shortly after 1 a.m. to report hearing shots fired and two men arguing with each other.

Officers found Eric Manuel Leal, 21, of Jerome standing next to the open door of the Ford pickup with a loaded Ruger 9 mm handgun on the seat next to him.

Officer found several bullet holes in the truck, which they said appeared to have come from inside the pickup.

Inside the residence in the 3500 block of East Congressional Drive, officers found Beau James Leeper, 30, of Meridian lying on a bed with an AR-15 rifle and a .45-caliber handgun next to him.

Officers found several bullet holes in the bedroom closet and other holes in pipes inside a crawl space.

Both Leeper and Leal refused to cooperate with officer commands.

They were each taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor charges of unlawful discharge of a firearm within city limits and resisting and obstructing a police officer.

Both Leeper and Leal appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, police said.

They were taken to the Ada County Jail in Boise.

Leal, who remains in custody, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Ada County Magistrate Court. Leeper posted bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 10.

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