Fourth person charged in Troy park shooting


PIQUA — A fourth person has been arrested in connection with a shooting that occurred at the Troy Community Park on Aug. 24, 2022.

Bruce A. Harms, 50, of Piqua, was taken into custody by Piqua Police Monday afternoon, Jan. 2, after he was recognized by police for having a warrant out for his arrest and he is now incarcerated at the Miami County Jail. According to the Miami County Jail’s website, Harms is facing numerous charges, including aggravated murder_premeditated, a first-degree felony; conspiracy_plan with others, a second-degree felony; felonious assault_weapon or ordinance, a second-degree felony; a probation/parole violation; driving under OVI suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor; failure to appear, a first-degree misdemeanor; and obstructing official business, a second-degree felony.

According to a Troy Police press release, the shooting is believed to have been drug-related and pre-planned to occur at the park. The victim, an unidentified 29-year old male subject, was dropped off at Kettering Health Troy Hospital, and transported to Kettering Medical Center where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the chest.

In November 2022, three others, Derrick D. Peeples, 27, of Columbus, Todd L. Norris, 26, of Troy, and Courtney N. McCarel, 36, of Piqua, were charged in connection with the shooting at the park. Each was charged with aggravated murder, conspiracy and felonious assault. McCarel was also charged with tampering with evidence.

Harms was arraigned in the Miami County Common Pleas Court with Judge Stacy M. Wall Tuesday, Jan. 3. Harms plead not guilty to attempted aggravated murder, felonious assault, and conspiracy. Wall ordered a $100,000 bond. Harms is scheduled for a pre-trial conference in the Miami County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 1:30 p.m.

Peeples is scheduled to appear in the Miami County Common Pleas Court for a pre-trial conference on Friday, Jan. 13, at 9 a.m. Norris had a pre-trial hearing in December, and discovery material was ordered to be submitted. McCarel is scheduled to appear in the Miami County Common Pleas Court for a jury trial on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 9 a.m.

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