What started as an investigation into shots fired resulted in several additional charges for a Hannibal man.

What started as an investigation into shots fired resulted in several additional charges for a Hannibal man.

Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton announced that his office charged James Tobias, of Hannibal, with several felony charges. Tobias was charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, delivery of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance.

Tobias' arrest came after an altercation on Chloe Road on June 8. According to a probable cause statement, A group of six men came to an apartment complex, allegedly to fight one of the residents. Tobias allegedly displayed a handgun during the encounter. As the group left the area, the gun was fired out of the window of a vehicle. Six shell casings were discovered in the area.

After obtaining a statement from the target of the fight, officers executed a search warrant and several drugs and items related to drug sales were allegedly discovered. Of significance were also found several other guns including AK-47 style rifle, AR-15s, shotguns and pistols. Over $25,000 in cash was also seized.

Also, Tobias purported admitted to firing his gun from a moving truck but no was injured.

“My office is taking the matter very seriously and will seek, in addition to criminal prosecution of the defendant, also forfeiture of the over $25,000 cash allegedly recovered from the scene. This money would directly benefit our local schools,” Clayton said.

Tobias is housed in the Marion County jail awaiting a bond to be set.