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Officers say man shot at Parke County sheriff before being wounded

Monday, September 15, 2003

Authorities say a Parke County man was shot after shooting at the Parke County Sheriff Saturday.

The Parke County Sheriff's Dept. received a 911 call at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, from Erika Rice of 1183 E. Rosedale Rd., Rosedale, Ind. Erica Rice stated that her husband, Keith Rice, 46, had a shotgun and had fired a round through the ceiling of their mobile home.

According to Erika Rice, her husband was threatening to do harm to himself and to others. She and her two children were able to escape without injury and were later taken by police to a safe location.

Prior to police arriving, Keith Rice fled into a wooded area south of his residence. Parke Co. Sheriff's Dept., Indiana Conservation Officers, Indiana State Police and the Rosedale Town Marshall were called to the scene. Parke County Sheriff Charles Bollinger observed Keith Rice near the Rice's home.

Rice was in possession of a 12-gauge shotgun and appeared to be intoxicated. Officers at the scene spoke with Rice in attempts to calm him. Rice was also ordered repeatedly to drop the shotgun and not to point it in the direction of law enforcement officers.

Keith Rice pointed the shotgun in the direction of law enforcement offices on three separate occasions without firing. On a fourth occasion Rice pointed the shotgun at Parke County Sheriff Charles Bollinger and fired.

Indiana Conservation Officer Kent Hutchins immediately returned fire, striking Rice in the torso and left arm. The Parke County sheriff was uninjured. Rice was taken to West Central Community Hospital in Clinton, Ind., and later transported by medical helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

The Parke County Sheriff plans to present charges to the Parke County Prosecutors Office against Keith Rice today for criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and attempted murder.

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