Suspect sought in shooting


CLINTON — The Clinton Police Department issued a statement Tuesday seeking information on the whereabouts of a man believed to be involved in a shooting this week.

Police believe Donte S. B. Phillips, 19, is connected to a shots fired incident that took place at 5:04 a.m. Saturday near 215 16th Place in Clinton. Phillips is described as a 6-foot, black male, weighing approximately 175 pounds.

No one was injured during Saturday’s incident, Clinton Police Department Capt. Tom Bohle said. Investigators seek to apprehend Phillips for charges.

Bohle is warning residents that Phillips is to be considered armed and dangerous. Do not attempt to make contact with him, Bohle said. Anyone with information should contact the police department at 243-1458 or Clinton County Crime Stoppers at (888) 883-8015.

Phillips was sentenced to 180 days in jail on March 27 for criminal mischief — a felony charge — stemming from a December 2013 incident. As a juvenile, he pleaded guilty to third degree burglary, third degree theft and fifth degree criminal mischief in 2008. He also was convicted as a juvenile of disorderly conduct — violent behavior and trespassing.

Bohle would not comment if Phillips is believed to be the shooting suspect from Saturday.

“Suffice to say he is involved,” Bohle said. “If this person’s involved with weapons, obviously we don’t know at the time that people have contact with him or see him whether or not he’s armed. That’s why we put the information out there that he’s armed and dangerous.

“Hopefully when he’s located we’ll know more.”

Saturday’s incident marks the third Clinton-based shooting in less than a month:

• On July 25, 32-year-old Dan Mitchell received medical attention after sustaining gunshot wounds at apartments above 133 Fifth Ave. South. Mitchell was quoted as saying the suspects were three black men who fled the scene after he was shot.

• On July 20, 22-year-old Ciara Donley was shot in the arm while walking between the Miller Ridge Apartments and the Skyline Center. Police did not consider the shooting an accident.

Bohle would not comment as to whether or not Saturday’s incident is related to the July shootings.

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