Willard resident injured during drug deal gone bad

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:15 PM

PLYMOUTH - A Willard man was injured when a Plymouth man shot at him during a suspected drug deal Sunday.

Tharon Reed, 25, most recently of 120 Spring St., cut his hand when he tried to grab the gun, but refused medical treatment at the scene, Plymouth Police Chief Charles Doan said. The Trux Street altercation happened just before 6 p.m.

“He had a little bit of a powder burn on (his hand),” the chief said. “There was a shot fired, but it didn’t hit him.”

Suspect Nicholas Sexton, 25, of 148 Trux St., Plymouth, was charged with aggravated menacing. Doan said the charge is a misdemeanor because Reed “wouldn’t cooperate” with the ongoing investigation.

Huron County Sheriff’s Capt. Bob McLaughlin said Reed and Willard resident Sheri L. Rister, 28 of 118 Spring St., were in Plymouth to buy drugs.

“They went down to Plymouth just over the line in Richland County to do a dope deal on Sunday. … They tried to short the guy,” McLaughlin said. “(Willard Police) Officer Chris Kelbley used his drug dog to find the handgun which was in a bathroom just over the line in Richland County on Trux Street.”

Kelbley was in Plymouth to transport a prisoner for his department.

Reed recently served seven months in prison for trafficking in heroin. Also during his Aug. 28 sentencing hearing in Huron County Pleas Court, he was fined $1,000 and the court credited him with serving 87 days behind bars.

“I think he did flat time. I don’t think he’s on any parole at this time,” McLaughlin said.

Rister faces a Huron County Common Pleas Court trial July 10 on possession of heroin. Reed was with Rister as a passenger during the traffic stop, McLaughlin said, but was questioned and released.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler, during Rister’s arraignment in March, said Rister was caught with several heroin doses after she reportedly had been bringing 70 balloons from Columbus on an almost daily basis.

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