Man’s shoot death ruled accidental

Posted on May 8, 2009. Filed under: accident, Indiana |

Lyles Station, IN – A Lyles Station man was died on Friday after shooting himself with his own handgun, investigators say.

Pedro Alvarez, 31, who resided on West Railroad Lane in Lyles Station, apparently had been firing the gun earlier at his residence with a friend, according to Gibson County Coroner Barrett Doyle.

Alvarez was later handling the gun in such a way that it discharged, said Doyle, who ruled the shooting accidental. More on Princeton Daily Clarion

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Dispute Over Dogs Leads To Shooting Death South Of Tampico

Posted on May 2, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, Indiana | Tags: , |

Tampico, IN –  A family fight over dogs led to the shooting death of a rural Tampico man Saturday and the arrest of his son for his murder, according to Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Receiving three reports of an injured man at 11 p.m., Jackson County Sheriff’s Department officers went to the home of John Shoultz, 48, at 7865 S. State Road 39 south of Tampico and found him dead from gunshot wounds.

A short time later, his son, John A. Shoultz III, 20, was stopped by Jennings County police as he and his girlfriend, Andrea D. Howard, 19, of Crothersville, were driving east on U.S. 50 in North Vernon.

He and his Dad were arguing over dogs in the house,” Lahrman said of the suspect and incident that led to the shooting. Lahrman said the older Shoultz was shot at least three times by a large caliber handgun. More on Crothersville Times

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Two-year-old toddler shot herself to death in Indiana

Posted on April 21, 2009. Filed under: accident, Indiana |

Crawford County, Indiana – A two-year-old southern Indiana toddler shot herself to death after finding a loaded gun. It happened at a home in Milltown in Crawford County.

“The mother, the stepfather and child were all in the same room. Just in a split second is my understanding, the gun went off and the child possibly picked it up,” said Wilkerson.

The shot killed two-year-old Alexis Camp, who is Conrad’s stepdaughter. The deputy coroner says an autopsy performed Tuesday confirms the girl died from and accidental gunshot wound to the head.

Indiana State police are handling the investigation. They say a semi-automatic handgun was within the child’s reach. The Crawford County sheriff says the gun could be the one Conrad uses when on duty. Right now, no charges have been filed against Conrad. More on

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Couple found dead in their mobile home from murder-suicide

Posted on April 9, 2009. Filed under: Indiana, murder-suicide |

Roanoke, Indiana – The couple found dead in their Roanoke mobile home Thursday died in a homicide-suicide, presumably from a domestic dispute that turned violent, according to the Huntington County coroner.

Investigators concluded that 26-year-old Jeremy Stroh shot his girlfriend, 25-year-old Nicole Scheiber, multiple times inside their home at Castle Hill Mobile Home Park in Roanoke and then turned the gun on himself. He died from a single gunshot wound, Coroner Leon Hurlburt said.

When Scheiber didn’t show up for work Thursday, the Roanoke marshal went to the couple’s trailer at 15 Duke Blvd. to check on her. He found the pair dead at 11:30 a.m., about an hour after the shooting, Hurlburt said.

No autopsy was necessary because an Indiana State Police crime scene technician determined how the pair died based on their wounds and the physical evidence, Hurlburt said.

No one can be certain what led to the killing, but Hurlburt said the violence likely stemmed from a domestic dispute.

Scheiber’s death was ruled a homicide and Stroh’s was a suicide, Hurlburt said. More on Journal Gazette

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5-year-old boy accidentally shoots 4-year-old sister

Posted on May 4, 2008. Filed under: accident, Indiana |

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Indianapolis police say a 5-year-old boy playing with his father’s semiautomatic handgun accidentally shot and killed his younger sister.

Four-year-old Makayla Booher was shot in the head Sunday morning and pronounced dead at the scene. Police say her brother had taken her father’s pistol from the top shelf of a bookcase to play and pointed it at his sister and pulled the trigger.

Police say there was no magazine in the gun, but there was a round in the chamber.

The father, 24-year-old James Booher, was home at the time, along with a 15-year-old stepsister of the children. Police plan to talk to prosecutors about whether neglect charges should be filed against the father. More on WSBT South Bend

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