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Madras man arrested in shooting incident

Roman Serrano, 18, faces several charges related to recklessly endangering the lives of others
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   A Madras man accused of firing multiple shots from a firearm following an argument with his girlfriend was arrested by Madras police on Nov. 22 and faces charges related to endangering the lives of his alleged victim and surrounding neighbors.
   Roman Serrano, 18, of 768 S.W. St. faces several charges: six counts of recklessly endangering another person, eight counts of unlawful use of a weapon, coercion, harassment, disorderly conduct and menacing.
   On the night of Nov. 22, police responded to nearly 20 emergency 911 calls by residents in the neighborhood who heard miltiple gunshots. Madras Police Department officers with the aid of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office were able to surround the residence and caught Serrano attempting to flee the home out of a back window.
   He was ordered to the ground and taken into custody without incident, police said.
   Following an investigation, police said they determined the following events had occured:
   After an argument, Serrano pulled a 9 mm pistol on his girlfriend. When she tried to leave, he then pulled out a SKS semi-automatic riffle and fired one shot into the air while standing near the front porch of the residence. Serrano later fired six more shots in the general direction of homes north of 768 S.W. 2nd St. from his porch. He then fired one more shot into the ceiling of his bedroom.
   Madras police and Sherrif's officers inspected surrounding homes for signs of damage or injuries resulting from stray bullets but found none.
   Police said at least one family had their children moved away from windows. Another person had hidden in their basement and only came out after dispatch assured them the suspect had been arrested, police said.