SUBJECT: VCSO Uses Firearms Ballistics and Forensics to make Arrest
RELEASE NUMBER: 2017-NR-064
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
On Thursday, May 4, 2017 deputies were dispatched to the 11000 block of Petersburg Road in reference to a residence being struck with gunfire.
The victim reported to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office that on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at approximately 11:00 PM she was sitting on her back porch when she heard a gunshot. The victim stated she immediately went inside her residence. The victim advised a couple of days later she opened a closet door and found a spent bullet in the closet floor. Upon further investigation a small hole in the exterior wall was found that was consistent with a bullet hole. There were holes found in the interior walls including the closet where the projectile was found by the victim. Deputies collected the projectile as evidence.
Two detectives with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office went to the victim’s residence to follow-up on this incident. Detectives processed the scene and set up a trajectory rod and laser. The laser was illuminated and was observed on the back door of the residence on Heard Street. The victim explained that in February of this year she and her neighbor on Heard Street got into a physical altercation that sent both of them to the hospital.
Detectives applied for and were granted a search warrant for the address on Heard Street. They were unable to locate a firearm, but recovered several other items of evidence. They were told by the resident that someone must have stolen her firearm; however, she never reported it stolen.
On May 8, 2017 a Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office deputy was flagged down by a resident in the area of Beatty Lane and Petersburg Road. The resident advised the deputy that he had found a firearm lying in the grass between the roadway and the small pond that is on the northwest corner of the intersection. The deputy collected the firearm and turned it over to our Criminal Investigations Section. The serial number on the firearm matched the serial number on the firearm that was purchased by the resident at Heard Street.
The projectile found by the victim, the items collected from Heard Street and the firearm were all sent to the Indiana State Police Evansville Regional Laboratory for ballistic and class characteristic examination. The collected projectile was a match for the discarded firearm.
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office prepared a case file and submitted it to the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office. On September 19, 2017 detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Amy Marie Grannan for Criminal Recklessness as a Level 5 Felony. On Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Ms. Grannan was taken into custody and lodged at the Vanderburgh County Jail.
Sheriff Dave Wedding stated, “Several pieces of evidence came together in this case to allow us to make an arrest. Our detectives should be commended for their thoroughness.” Sheriff Wedding added, “Thanks to an observant member of the public spotting a discarded handgun and the expertise of the ISP laboratory, this case can now be prosecuted.”
Amy Marie Grannan (pictured above), 45, of Evansville. Criminal Recklessness as a Level 5 Felony
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