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Arrests made in shooting case

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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Justin Hargrove
GREENCASTLE -- Three people have been arrested in connection with a Tuesday morning shooting incident in Greencastle.

Justin Hargrove 24, of Greencastle, has been charged with attempted murder and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon; Michael Pryor, 18, of Coatesville has been charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon; and Lacey Couch, 23, of Greencastle has been charged with resisting law enforcement, assisting a criminal and child neglect, Greencastle Police Department Chief Tom Sutherlin said.

Two other people are being considered persons of interest in the case, but no charges have been filed.

Sutherlin intimated that drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the incident.

Sutherlin said it should be noted that all charges are preliminary charges, and that information will now be forwarded to the Putnam County Prosecutor's Office.

The original call in the case came in as "shots fired" at about 1:41 a.m. Several calls came in to dispatch around that time from Columbia and West Walnut streets and Rockville Road.

"Reporting parties advised dispatch of approximately four to six shots being fired, and that the shots sounded like a high-powered rifle," Greencastle Police Department Chief Tom Sutherlin said.

Marian Abowitz, who lives near one of the places where shots were reported, said she was awakened by the sound of shots between 1 and 1:30 a.m. The sound also woke her dog, which "went ballistic."

"I heard a pop, pop, pop, pop, pop," she said. "It happened so many times that I knew it wasn't just a car."

Three or four minutes later, Abowitz said, she heard the same sound, but it was further down Walnut Street. She then heard it again a couple of minutes later, but it was further away yet and "almost imperceptible."

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Michael Pryor
"It didn't occur to me to call the police," she said. "I figured it was just some kids on a crazy, stupid joyride. I thought they were probably just firing at signs or mailboxes."

Witnesses told officers the shooter was a passenger in a dark-colored car, possibly green, and that the vehicle had four doors.

At 1:49 a.m., dispatch received a call from an individual in the area of Washington and Madison streets that said they had heard four to six shots fired and had seen a green vehicle leave the area at a high rate of speed.

At about 2:06 a.m., Putnam County Sheriff's Department Reserve Deputy Matt Biggs saw a vehicle matching the description of the shooter's vehicle at the intersection of Bloomington and Washington streets. Biggs began driving behind the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop at the intersection of Franklin and Durham streets.

"Biggs advised that the passenger exited the suspect vehicle and fired approximately two or three rounds at his police vehicle," Sutherlin said. "Biggs advised that one round struck the police vehicle's hood and ricocheted into the windshield."

Biggs was not injured. He confirmed that the weapon the suspect used was a rifle, Sutherlin said.

After the suspect shot at Biggs, a vehicle pursuit ensued eastbound on Franklin Street and then north on Arlington Street. Biggs lost sight of the suspect vehicle, but at the intersection of Cameron and Arlington streets he observed what he believed to be the same suspect that had fired at his vehicle running on foot. Biggs chased the suspect on foot for a short distance before losing sight of him, Sutherlin said.

Police set up a mobile command unit in the parking lot of the National Guard Armory on Arlington Street. They worked from that location until about 7 a.m., Sutherlin said.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Putnam County 911 Dispatch Center at 653-5115 or the Greencastle Police Department at 653-2925.

Greencastle Schools were originally on a two-hour delay. At about 9 a.m., officials made the decision to cancel classes for the day.


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Putnam County has alot of problems... Makes me proud to live in Clay.

-- Posted by Innocent on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 8:34 AM

how come no picture of Lacey

-- Posted by T-REX on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 11:07 AM

oYo, purty ain't he? :)

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 12:06 PM

To the people of the world, im a man of god, and on a mission to speak the truth. Im after the enemy that took control of peoples mind, i give this warning to whomever harbors the enemy, don't go to sleep. Im coming through the night like a thief to steal the enemy from you. 2 chronicles 7:14 and luke 1:17, this is the season to plant the seed of faith and have a positive mind. Thank you and god bless

-- Posted by Larry coffey on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 1:54 PM

To the people of the world, im a man of god, and on a mission to speak the truth. Im after the enemy that took control of peoples mind, i give this warning to whomever harbors the enemy, don't go to sleep. Im coming through the night like a thief to steal the enemy from you. 2 chronicles 7:14 and luke 1:17, this is the season to plant the seed of faith and have a positive mind. Thank you and god bless

-- Posted by Larry coffey on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 1:56 PM

Larry, once was enough, but twice?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 7:58 PM

Her photo is on the article in the Banner Graphic. Probably wasnt available when this went to press. It was added later to Banner Graphic

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 10:48 PM

Glad Greencastle is getting these thugs off the streets.

Since the opportunity presented itself - I only have one more comment:

I fully understand what I'm about to say is a generalized statment and my opinion only. I realize it has nothing to do with the article above, but:

I have been driving back and forth to Indy for nearly 10 years now and find that those from Greencastle/Putnam County are some of the most disrespectful, arrogant drivers on the road.

My experience is that the passing lane is their driving lane, some drive vehicles without working turn signals (obviously), if they are behind you or other vehicles passing in the proper lane, you barely see their headlights behind you, as they tailgate incessantly. Try passing one of them on the right if they're driving 65mph in the left lane - it's Indy 500 time. (I realize there are rude drivers everywhere, but this article isn't about everywhere.)

I don't enjoy lumping the entire county in with this rude bunch, I'm sure there are some who ARE courteous. From my standpoint, I witness very few 60/67 license plates that aren't rude and disrespectful while driving.

All drivers inadvertently pull out in front of someone or make other non-intelligent driving decisions. I do my best to be courteous at all times, as do most drivers passing through our state.

Like I said, it may be the wrong place and time to voice my opinion about Putnam County drivers - but it's my right to do so.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 10:17 AM

Sounds like Putnam County Sheriff's Department did a wonderful job getting these thugs off the street and protecting the public. The officer who caught them was 22 years old. Great work for a rookie officer! Thankfully for all involved, no one was hurt. Drinking, drugs, stupidity & bullets don't mix well together. This is probably not the first time they've done wreckless, dangerous things. Perhaps some good old rehab and jail time may make them rethink the direction of their lives and stop being menaces to society.

-- Posted by Claycountian on Mon, Apr 12, 2010, at 1:24 PM


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