POLAND -- Officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department arrested a man in connection with a shooting at a rural Clay County home Sunday, Oct. 30.
According to officials, John Bromagen, 58, Poland, was arrested and preliminarily charged with Criminal Recklessness (a Class D felony).
After a report containing close to 100 pages of narratives, photographs, statements, criminal history reports and diagrams was presented to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, the prosecutor forwarded a probable cause statement requesting the arrest.
According to information provided by the department, at approximately 6:15 p.m., Oct. 30, officials responded to a 911 call from the Bromagen residence, 7629 E. Private Rd. N., Poland.
Officials stated prior to the 911 call, two men, Kenneth Receveur and Christopher Irvin, both of Whiteland, were in the Poland area working on a camping trailer near the Bromagen residence.
Officials said Receveur and Irvin allegedly drove onto the Bromagen property. According to Clay County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Rob Gambill, the investigation revealed Cathy Bromagen had "yelled" at the two men as they drove by her residence earlier, believing they were driving too fast on the road.
Gambill said Receveur got out of his vehicle and met with both Cathy and John Bromagen asking if an RV on the property was for sale.
An altercation ensued, involving Cathy Bromagen, Receveur and the Bromagen's son, Joshua, who had just arrived at the residence. Eventually, it escalated out of control.
During the incident, Irvin got out of the vehicle and picked up a metal pipe. According to information provided by authorities, Bromagen said Irvin started toward him with the pipe.
Bromagen entered his residence, and witnesses reported Irvin used the pipe to bust out a window and screen at the front door of the home.
According to the report, Bromagen then got a .22 caliber rifle and went outside and shot it into the air.
After the fighting stopped, witnesses stated the two men said they intended to get guns as well.
Officials said Bromagen believed both were attempting to find guns in their vehicle so he continued to fire shots at the vehicle.
One of the first rounds fired struck the front windshield. According to officials, Bromagen said the vehicle took off and was "spinning in circles."
Bromagen said the vehicle finally drove away from the property and he immediately shot out the back windows of the automobile.
During the shooting, Receveur was struck in the face with glass or bullet fragments.
An investigation of the vehicle concluded it had been struck at least five, and possibly six times by rounds from the rifle.
"The investigation was very convoluted and arrests weren't immediately made," Gambill said.
Bromagen was arrested Friday afternoon and taken to the Clay County Justice Center.
Officials indicated charges on others involved in the incident have been requested.