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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines


SMITHVILLE - JANUARY 23, 2023 - Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 7000 Block of South Walnut Street in Smithville, Indiana at 4:05 AM on January 23, 2023, to reports of a male that had been shot. The caller was the victim and told dispatchers that two subjects were tampering with his pickup truck in his driveway. When the victim opened his back door to confront the subjects he was shot. Deputies located two nonlife-threatening gunshot wounds to the subjects back and he was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital. The victim was cooperative with at-scene investigators and provided descriptions of both subjects.

A Monroe County Sheriff’s Office drone was used to search the surrounding area and located a subject that appeared to be trespassing and concealing himself behind multiple properties in the 7600 Block of South Fairfax Road. The subject briefly attempted to flee from deputies before being confronted by a Sheriff’s Office K9 and additional deputies. Based on available information, this subject is believed to be involved in this incident and has been interviewed. While being arrested, the subject was found to be in possession of Methamphetamine and has been preliminarily incarcerated on the drug possession and resisting law enforcement charges.

The Sheriff’s Office Evidence Technician responded to the scene of the shooting and is documenting and collecting available evidence.

Although one subject is outstanding, there is no credible threat to public safety as this appears to be an isolated and targeted incident by subjects known to the victim.

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