Press release: Suspect Arrested After Early Morning Shooting Near Salem

Indiana State Police Press release:

Washington County – Indiana State Police (ISP) detectives arrested a Fredericksburg man Monday morning following a physical altercation and shooting in rural Washington County near Salem.  

Around 4:30 Monday morning, Officers from the Salem Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call reporting a person suffering from a gunshot wound was stopped on State Road 56 near East Wallace Lane just east of Salem.  When officers arrived, they found 51-year-old Jed Elliott of North Franklin Church Road behind the wheel of a pickup truck and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the arm.  A female friend accompanied Elliott in the truck.  EMS quickly transported Elliott to University Hospital in Louisville for non-life-threatening injuries, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department requested that ISP detectives and Crime Scene Investigators assume the investigation.  

Detectives Travis Baker and Steven Peyton and Crime Scene Investigator Andrew Taylor responded.  During the investigation, Detective Baker learned that Jed Elliott pulled behind a shed at his residence in the early morning hours.  Tyler Dylan Gay, of Fredericksburg, was also at that residence and observed Elliot, whom he recognized, pull in behind the shed.  Investigators believe Gay then walked from the residence armed with a handgun and confronted Jed Elliott.  The two men were then involved in a physical altercation, during which Tyler Gay fired the pistol, striking Elliott in the arm.  After being shot, Elliott and his friend fled the scene before stopping on the side of State Road 56 and calling 911.  

As a result of the investigation, Detective Baker arrested Tyler Dylan Gay for Aggravated Battery, a Level 3 Felony.  Officers transported Tyler Gay to the Washington County Jail without incident.

This case is still under investigation.  

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