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Accidental gunshot leads to 3 arrests, alleged drug house

Cowan Bruss Cowan Bruss
Thomas Polski Thomas Polski
James Kroplin James Kroplin

Webster (WQOW) - An accidental gunshot leads police to an alleged drug house and lands three men in custody.

Cowan Bruss, Thomas Polski, and James Kroplin were arrested Saturday night. The Webster police chief says someone called 911 after hearing a gunshot from inside a house around 7:30. Law enforcement and the SWAT team responded to the house in the village of Webster. No one came out of the house, so officers deployed tear gas inside.

When officers were able to get into the house, they say they found Kroplin hiding. But that wasn't all police found. Inside the house were drug scales, meth, marijuana, and what they believe is k-2.

Bruss and Polski had taken off. Police say it turns out, there were several people drinking inside and playing with a gun, when they say it accidentally discharged. No one was hurt. Just half an hour later, police got a call of two more gunshots on Main Street just a short distance away. No one was hurt in that incident either. A search was conducted, and law enforcement eventually located Bruss and Polski.

Charges of drug possession, resisting and obstructing and illegal discharge of a firearm are expected to be filed Monday.

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