Metro-East News

Police respond to report of shots being fired in Fairview Heights neighborhood

A Fairview Heights man has been hospitalized after an early-morning report of shots fired Thursday in the area of Potomac Drive.

According to police reports, at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday officers received a call about shots fired.

Fairview Heights Police Lt. Mike Hoguet said several officers were dispatched to the area.

“We were able to locate the resident in the back yard where he apparently was experiencing a mental issue,” Hoguet said.

Hoguet said the resident was involuntarily committed to a mental hospital.

Hoguet said a hazardous-materials response team rushed to the area because of concerns that the subject may have had explosives in his home. But a search of the residence turned up no additional weapons or bomb-making materials.

No one was hurt by the shots that were fired, apparently at bricks set up in the back yard.

Officers left the area about 10:30 Thursday morning.

On May 17, one man was killed and another injured in an unrelated double shooting in Fairview Heights. Police said that case was the result of an attempted robbery and occurred on the other side of town at 142 Ashley Drive.

Two suspects have been captured and charged in the the Ashley Drive case.