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Grand jury indicts Wilmington man allegedly involved in shoot-out with illegally possessing ammunition

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio

CINCINNATI – A federal grand jury has charged a previously convicted felon with possessing ammunition during a shoot-out with another man.


Charles Stacey Brooks, 40, of Wilmington, Ohio, was allegedly in an active shoot-out in a residential neighborhood in January 2022. It is alleged that Brooks illegally possessed ammunition at the time of the incident.


According to pending local charges, on Jan. 12, 2022, Brooks and Christian Burton, 21, also of Wilmington, shot at each other while in a residential neighborhood of Wilmington. A 911 caller allegedly reported hearing at least three shots on South Walnut St. The caller said that one of the shots struck the outside of a car occupied by a man driving with his child.


Brooks has previously been convicted of felony crimes including robbery and aggravated drug trafficking. He was on parole at the time of the shooting.


Possessing a firearm or ammunition as a previously convicted felon is a federal crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.


Burton has also been indicted by a federal grand jury. He was charged federally on Feb. 23 with seven counts of narcotics crimes, including distributing fentanyl and methamphetamine and possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted, Burton faces a potential minimum of five years up to 40 years in prison. 


Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; J. William Rivers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division; Wilmington Police Chief Ron Cravens; Warrren County Sheriff Larry L. Sims and other members of the Warren County Drug Task Force; and Clinton County Prosecutor Andrew T. McCoy announced the charges. Assistant United States Attorney Kelly K. Rossi is representing the United States in this case.


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Updated March 9, 2022

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