After arrested on an allegation of aggravated battery Monday, Michael Wagle II, 23, Terre Haute, appeared in Vigo County Superior Court Division 3 Tuesday for a probable cause hearing to determine if there was validity for officials to arrest and his continued incarceration at the Vigo County Jail.
Wagle was identified as a suspect by witnesses and, during questioning by investigators, allegedly admitted his involvement in shooting an unidentified 20-year-old Terre Haute male at a residence in the 1900 block of North 11th Street.
The court ruled in favor of the state and set Wagle's bond at $75,000 cash, with no 10 percent allowed. A no contact order was entered on behalf of the victim as a term of Wagle's release if he is able to post bond.
According to officials at the Terre Haute Police Department, the incident allegedly started when the victim was a member of one of two groups involved in an argument at a weekend party at an undisclosed residence in Clay City. However, Wagle was apparently not a part of the initial argument.
Officials at the Clay County Sheriff's Department confirmed to The Brazil Times no information regarding a criminal report was filed with the department about the incident.
After the argument, Wagle went to pick up a friend and allegedly came into contact with the victim sometime before 5 a.m., at the Terre Haute residence. Officials believe the victim began arguing with Wagle by mistake.
According to reports, Wagle took a shotgun out of his car and shot the victim -- who was standing on the porch -- before leaving the scene.
Due to serious gunshot injuries, the victim was airlifted to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. Although no update is available at this time, officials believe the victim will recover.
"There was an argument of some type in Clay City at some type of party is what a lot of witnesses have said and they believe the shooting was a result of that. (Wagle) was brought in for questioning," Terre Haute Assistant Police Chief Shaun Keen said recently about the ongoing investigation. "He later admitted to firing the shots. As a result of that, we also recovered the firearm we believe was used in this shooting."
The Vigo County Prosecutor's Office has until Friday to file formal charges against Wagle, which are pending information gathered as part of the ongoing investigation into the matter. According to jail officials, Wagle remains incarcerated awaiting further court proceedings.