COLUMBUS — A former Ohio State wide receiver was arrested in the Linden neighborhood Saturday after neighbors say he fired gunshots, despite telling Columbus police earlier he knew nothing about gunshots detected by the ShotSpotter detection system.

Police had responded to the 1700 block of Cordell Avenue after receiving an alert from ShotSpotter that shots had been fired in the area. They found two shell casings behind a home in the 1700 block of East 26th Avenue.

A person at that home — 26-year-old Corey D. Smith Jr., whose address was listed as Barberton — said he had heard no shots and knew nothing, police said. Nearby residents, however, told officers later that Smith had been firing a gun during a party the night before.

Police had been to the home previously to help the U.S. Marshals Service look for Smith, who was wanted on arrest warrants from the Akron area for aggravated robbery.

Police reviewed body-camera footage and determined that Smith was the person they had spoken with at the East 26th Avenue home. Surveillance was conducted, and when SWAT officers arrived, Smith attempted to run away but was caught after a brief chase.

Smith was held on the Akron-area warrants; Columbus charges involving shooting a gun are pending.

Smith is a former wide receiver for the Buckeyes from 2014-2016. He starred at Buchtel High School before joining Ohio State.