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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police in Southern
Indiana are still on a manhunt days after a deputy was supposedly shot at.
"Most of the people
around here have guns so it's a good chance if he come around after dark and is
messing around, that he would probably just get shot," said Jeffrey Wynn, a
Lexington, Ind. neighbor.
Although police are
still searching for the person who reportedly shot at a Scott County sheriff's deputy,
some are not afraid.
"A lot of the people
around me were scared about it, but like I said almost everyone in the country
has a gun," said Wynn.
Scott County Sheriff
Dan McClain said it happened around 8:30 Sunday night when Deputy Daniel Dicken
pulled up to an abandoned Pontiac Grand Prix on Reid Road. McClain said the vehicle had been there for
two days. He said Dicken ran a Vehicle Identification
Number, VIN, check on the car, which was filled with trash. The car came up stolen and had been missing
out of Brown County for two months.
McClain said the deputy told him he heard rounds being fired and
returned fire to the suspect from 80 to 100 yards away.
After Dicken returned
fire, several officers came to search for the suspect on the ground and in the
McClain said the only
evidence found was a round fired from the deputy's gun and a report from a
people at the residence notified the police after the helicopter flew over with
the light. They thought they'd seen
someone in the backyard crouching down as a floodlight swept over the area,"
suspect has been found. McClain says he
does not believe it should be a public safety concern, but as of right now they
are struggling for a motive on why somebody would shoot at an officer stopped
with emergency lights on.
wasn't being pursued," McClain said.
was not a domestic or stressful environment for somebody where we usually see
someone firing or defending themselves."
He said this reminds
him of the situation that happened to fallen Officer Jason Ellis, who was lured
into the road three months ago in Bardstown with debris sitting out on an exit
ramp. Ellis was ambushed after exiting
his car to clear the road and shot to death.
Police still have not found his killer.
"That's always a
consideration -- that's somebody out there in a copycat situation," McClain
"That they maybe had
seen the publicity and would pull something like that. We hope that's not the case."
McClain said although
not much evidence has turned up thus far, he trusted the word of his deputy that
the incident happened. He said they were
still searching the deep wooded area for possible shell casings, but if the
individual used a revolver, they would not be able to recover any.
McClain said they are likely
going to charge the suspect with attempted murder, once they are caught.
with info is asked to call the Scott County Sheriff's Department at (812)-752-8400 or the tip
line at (812)-752-7898. The sheriff said it is an ongoing investigation.