Man Shot in Gunfight Arrested

A man who was injured during a gunfight in south Salina back in early October has been arrested on felony drug charges.

Back on October 5th, 24-year-old Rachad Austin was injured while exchanging gunshots with another man. Police said at the time that he was standing on the front porch at 3209 Royal at 10:15 in the evening, when an unidentified suspect walked up and began shooting at him. Austin was also armed and began firing back with a handgun. He was hit while the two exchanged multiple shots.

Austin was transported to Salina Regional Health Center, where he was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his upper torso.

Following the shooting police obtained a warrant to search the home. Police Captain Mike Sweeney said officers found during the search marijuana packaged for sale in individual plastic bags, a bag with white powder in it believed to be cocaine, and drug paraphernalia including digital scales.

Austin was arrested on Monday in connection with the drugs. He could face multiple felony charges that include possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana with the intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school. The home is within 1,000 feet of Schilling Elementary School.