Archive for Wednesday, October 9, 2002

Basehor man charged with firing handgun in residential area

October 9, 2002

Basehor police arrested a 24-year-old man Thursday, Oct. 3, for firing several shots from a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun because of alleged frustrations with the local fire department.

Police said Travis Metsker, 15623 Elm Street, has been charged in Basehor Municipal Court with the unlawful discharge of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and no proof of insurance.

Metsker is scheduled for arraignment Nov. 12.

The shooting occurred at approximately 9:25 p.m. at 155th and Elm Street, near Basehor-Linwood High School and Stepping Stones Day Care center.

"I think it's a very serious incident," Sgt. Martin Cigich said. "There are schools and residential areas near there."

Had Metsker fired his weapon within 500 feet of either school, he would have been charged with firing a weapon near a school zone, police said.

It remains unclear whether Metsker fired his weapon at a building or into the air; police said they were still trying to locate where

the bullets landed.

"We will upgrade the charges if we find bullet holes around there somewhere," Cigich said.

Metsker fired the gunshots in apparent frustration at the Fairmount Township Fire Department, police said.

"He's got a personal conflict with the fire department," Cigich said. "It wasn't just a joke. He really doesn't like them."

The fire department was conducting its regular monthly meeting when Metsker drove by the fire station on 155th Street in his white Chevy pickup.

Fire department and police officials said he was screaming obscenities toward firefighters.

"He shouted obscenities at us but nothing came from the fire department," Fairmount Township firefighter Chuck Magaha said.

Later in the evening, Metsker again drove by the fire department and when he got near Elm Street, the gunshots were fired, police said.

Metsker was arrested and taken to the Leavenworth County Jail. He posted $918 bail, police said.

"It's still an open investigation because we don't know where those bullets went," Cigich said.

Anyone with information concerning the incident should contact the Basehor Police Department at (913) 724- 1370.

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