Langsville shooting leads to marijuana arrest

Tyler Meyers

Darrin Johnston

LANGSVILLE — Two men were arrested and another taken to a hospital after a shooting investigation led sheriff’s deputies to a marijuana operation in rural Meigs County.

According to the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received information from 911 dispatchers at 11:29 p.m Sunday regarding a Gene A. Arms Jr., of Wellston. Arms allegedly told officers he was en route to O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens after his hand had allegedly been shot off by Tyler Myers, of Langsville. Both Ohio State Highway Patrol was able to locate Arms in Athens County, and he was later transferred to Grant Hospital in Columbus.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Arms remained at Grant Hospital.

After receiving the information from Arms, deputies went to Meyers’ house, where they discovered Meyers and Darrin Johnston, of Vinton, allegedly attempting to load marijuana and other items into a box trailer. The men were immediately arrested and transported to Middleport Jail. Deputies were also able to confirm that Arms had been shot at the home of Amber Helm in Langsville due to the presence of blood on the ground outside leading to the front door. Helm allegedly told police the shooting happened in her bedroom, where a fight between Arms and Meyers began. Though no name was given, deputies said Helm told them one of the two had a handgun and Arms was shot in the hand as the two men struggled with the weapon. After confirming that Meyers had shot the unidentified man’s hand, officers also charged Meyers with felonious assault.

During their investigation, deputies reported smelling marijuana inside the home and discovered a room that had been converted into a growth area for the plant. Deputies secured the room and obtained search warrants for the homes of Helm and Meyers. Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification employees were called to process the crime scene, and as a result discovered grow equipment, vehicles and an unspecified large sum of cash. All of the items were seized in the search.

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending, sheriff’s officials said.

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.