LORAIN — A man living in his auto repair business on East 28th Street was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia after police came to investigate a possible burglary at his business and the owner fired a warning shot believing he was being robbed.
Officers were driving near the auto garage shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday when they noticed what looked like a broken front window and loose plywood. Believing the place was being robbed, an officer, along with a police dog, began a search of the building when a single gunshot rang out.
Officers ordered the occupant to come out of the building and 69-year-old Keith Buckner exited through the back of the business.
He was naked and carrying a pair of denim jeans. He was handcuffed, but after explaining to officers that he only fired the shot as a warning because he thought he was being robbed, he was released by officers. Buckner admitted to officers that he was staying at his business and had smoked marijuana earlier in the day.
A search of his business uncovered several stashes of marijuana. He was cited for possession of the drug and his firearm was taken for safekeeping.