DATE: November 28, 2023
SUBJECT: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Shooting in Northeastern Vanderburgh County
CONTACT: Sheriff Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Noah Robinson

On Monday, November 27, 2023, at 8:17 PM, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and Scott Township Fire & EMS responded to the 1300 block of Skipping Stone Drive in Stonegate Estates, located in Northeastern Vanderburgh County. A homeowner had called 911 reporting he had shot a male trespasser in front of his house.

Deputies arrived and located a male with an apparent gunshot wound to his leg. A tourniquet was immediately applied to stop the bleeding. The homeowner, who had remained on scene, surrendered his handgun to one of the arriving deputies.

The homeowner was transported to the Sheriff’s Office Operations Center for an interview.  The homeowner gave a voluntary statement in which he detailed a confrontation with the male. The homeowner explained that the male attacked him at the end of his driveway, which prompted the homeowner to fire his handgun in self-defense. The homeowner cooperated fully with the investigation, gave a detailed statement, and was not arrested.

The male was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the right calf. Detectives attempted to interview the male, but he was uncooperative and would not give a statement. The male is from the Vincennes area and had no known ties to the area in which he was found.

The Sheriff’s Office had encountered the male earlier in the evening after responding to a “check the welfare” regarding a subject walking along Browning Road. The 911 caller felt that the subject was behaving strangely. A deputy located the male near Skipping Stone Drive and Browning Road. The deputy attempted to speak with the male, but he refused to participate in any conversation. The male was not suspected of committing any crime and did not present sufficient grounds for further detainment.

Given the active nature of the investigation, certain investigatory details have been withheld from this news release. As is standard practice in all shootings involving a claim of self-defense, a case file will be sent the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office for review.