A 25-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Thursday night in the 300 block of Michigan Street after allegedly firing an assault rifle on numerous occasions.
Miguel Ayala was arrested shortly before midnight Thursday, and was charged in Douglas County District Court with criminal discharge of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, distributing drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He's being held on a $26,800 bond.
According to Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley, officers responded to the 300 block of Michigan Street twice, both times after receiving a report of gunshots outside a residence. On the first call, about 10 p.m. Thursday, police didn't locate any shell casings.
However, when they returned at 11:30, officers found spent shell casings from a rifle outside a home. When police arrived, the occupants of the home shut the lights off. A occupant eventually came to the door, and after talking with that person, police determined Ayala twice had fired several rounds from an assault rifle outside the home.
Police seized guns and a "significant amount of drugs" from the home. An infant was present when officers arrived, and was turned over to a relative not involved in Thursday's incident.
Ayala was also arrested in September for an incident at Saint's Bar, 2329 Iowa St., in which police said Ayala threatened bar employees after being thrown out of the bar. Police said that when they arrived, Ayala resisted arrest and police found a gun in Ayala's possession.
He had been free on a $25,000 bond in that case, which is scheduled for trial in January.