Smithville, Indiana man shot by men tampering with his vehicle early Monday morning; One suspect arrested after drone search

According to a press release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, a man was shot at least twice after he attempted to confront two men who were tampering with his truck around 4:05 a.m.

The shooting occurred in the 7000 block of South Walnut Street. A suspect was arrested by the MCSO after deputies used a drone to search the area, and found a man hiding.

The released does not specify what the suspects were tampering with on the vehicle. However, the shooting victim knew who the men were who shot him, according to the release.

Here is the full text of the release sent to members of the media Monday:

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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