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Fourth person arrested in shootings

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 ~ Updated 2:22 PM

GREENCASTLE -- A fourth person has been arrested in connection with a shooting incident that took place Tuesday morning in Greencastle.

Keven Dale Crowe, 18, of Coatesville was booked into the Putnam County Jail on preliminary charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and assisting a criminal, book-in records obtained from the Putnam County Sheriff's Department said.

Arrested prior to Crowe for their alleged roles in the crimes were Justin Hargrove 24, of Greencastle, charged with attempted murder and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon; Michael Pryor, 18, of Coatesville, charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon; and Lacey Couch, 23, of Greencastle, charged with resisting law enforcement, assisting a criminal and child neglect.

Couch was allegedly the driver of the vehicle in which Hargrove, Pryor and Crowe, along with a fifth unnamed suspect, were believed to have been riding. Authorities believe several shots were fired from the car over a short period of time early Tuesday.

All four suspects remain at the Putnam County Jail. No official charges have been filed yet by the Putnam County Prosecutor's Office.

Greencastle Police Department Chief Tom Sutherlin said it should be noted that all charges are preliminary charges, and that information will now be forwarded to the Putnam County Prosecutor's Office.

An initial "shots fired" call from the area of Columbia and West Walnut streets came in to Putnam County Dispatch at about 1:41 a.m. Tuesday. Several more calls followed, reporting shots fired near Rockville Road, Washington and Madison streets. Callers told dispatchers the shots sounded like they had come from a high-powered rifle.

At 1:49 a.m., dispatch received a call from an individual in the area of Washington and Madison streets that said they had heard four to six shots fired and had seen a green vehicle leave the area at a high rate of speed.

At about 2:06 a.m., Putnam County Sheriff's Department Reserve Deputy Matt Biggs saw a vehicle matching the description of the shooter's vehicle at the intersection of Bloomington and Washington streets. Biggs began driving behind the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop at the intersection of Franklin and Durham streets.

"Biggs advised that the passenger exited the suspect vehicle and fired approximately two or three rounds at his police vehicle," Sutherlin said. "Biggs advised that one round struck the police vehicle's hood and ricocheted into the windshield."

Biggs was not injured. He confirmed that the weapon the suspect used was a rifle, Sutherlin said.

After the suspect shot at Biggs, a vehicle pursuit ensued eastbound on Franklin Street and then north on Arlington Street. Biggs lost sight of the suspect vehicle, but at the intersection of Cameron and Arlington streets he observed what he believed to be the same suspect that had fired at his vehicle running on foot. Biggs chased the suspect on foot for a short distance before losing sight of him, Sutherlin said.

Police set up a mobile command unit in the parking lot of the National Guard Armory on Arlington Street. They worked from that location until about 7 a.m., Sutherlin said.

Witnesses told officers the shooter was a passenger in a dark-colored car, possibly green, and that the vehicle had four doors.

The vehicle turned out to be Couch's black 2007 Chevy Cobalt. After it was located, the car was taken to the Indiana State Police Post in Putnamville for processing.

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Just curious why it took so long for this info to come out here, since news reports in Indy from early this morning had already reported this information...?

-- Posted by aMAIZEnBLUE on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 2:40 PM

Just curious why it took so long for this info to come out here, since news reports in Indy from early this morning had already reported this information...?

-- Posted by aMAIZEnBLUE on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 2:40 PM

Very bad decisions on all these people part that could have been fatal. Thank god noone was hurt.

-- Posted by Innocent on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 2:58 PM

Excellent police work by both GPD, PCSD, and other County police agencies working together, sharing information, and getting these individuals off the street and into custody to answer for their crimes. So glad we have some dedicated officers that gave up their sleep time and family time to protect and serve their fellow citizens!

-- Posted by voiceofreason2 on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 3:56 PM

It saddens me to see Michael in trouble, he is a very smart young man and had a good future ahead of him, Michael you have not made good choices, So many of our teens are in trouble, this is our future, Thank god no one was hurt, I praise the police for their work and keeping us safe, We have for a small community a good police force..

-- Posted by NPmom66 on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 8:21 AM

NPmom66....It is hard to know kids that make such crazy decisions. I feel like that means that we as a community are doing something wrong. I know that it starts with the parents. The school system cannot be fully responsible in teaching our kids what they need to know. The phrase "It takes a tribe to raise a kid" is very true. I believe this is a prime example of what turning your head and looking the other way and letting everyone continue to make huge mistakes and not helping one another has caused our county. There are too many teens with not enough guidance. We all have to stick together to teach these kids that what they see in the movies and the awful games that they play are not reality, and if you get drunk and do drugs and shoot at cops, you don't start over because the game is over, you actually go to jail. It is going to get worse if we don't start buckling down and help these kids make good choices. Even if they don't live under our roof. If everyone helps one kid, then there will only be a few fall through the cracks. I also agree with you, that our city, county and state officers did a wonderful job taking care of this problem.

-- Posted by w8tamin8 on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 10:24 AM

His mother should be so proud! Get a hair cut and grow a brain!

-- Posted by clgruener on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 11:11 AM

Wow. Okay so uhh...

Witnesses saw a green car, Lacey's car is black.

There was no mention of a recovered weapon.

The police verified that it was a rifle - not exactly easy to hide.

Okay, so there's 5 people supposedly in the car, along with children. To be honest? This is weak. Yeah, I get that someone has to take the fall, but they have no solid case.

Note that these are PRELIMINARY charges, and I'd bet a pretty penny that most of them get dropped/dismissed on lack of evidence. This has been occurring far too often in Putnam County as of late. Let's just throw everyone in jail, regardless of evidence, isn't that right?

Really, aside from the driver and the shooter, what did anyone else do other than be in the wrong place at the wrong time? Can anyone tell me that?

How they gonna charge every single person with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon? When there was apparently only one shooter, and they have no weapon in evidence based on everything I read? What were they passing a rifle around in a small car? Get real.

Sh*t's weak.

-- Posted by TSmith22 on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 12:32 PM

Oh, and for the record, I don't know any of these people. I'm just sick of how crooked the whole "justice" system is in Putnam County.

-- Posted by TSmith22 on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 12:34 PM

Meant to say "except Lacey" in the above comment.

-- Posted by TSmith22 on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 12:37 PM

To: TSmith22

I feel really bad for you and your segment of society...I'm not bothering with details of why..but I do.

-- Posted by G-boy2008 on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 1:13 PM

honestly. we live in a rural community. signs are already riddled with bullets. and no. its not right. but, it happens. and do you think it is only the hicks and the hardened criminals? of course not. i see myself as an upstanding citizen and i still regret never tagging a train car before i turned 18. i know these boys to some extent as well, and i can tell you they never went out with the intention of murdering, or attempting to murder a reserve police officer. they are most likely guilty of the crimes they are charged with, however, everyone is bound to make a mistake. be it the influences they find or the places they chose to be, we will all find our self on the wrong side of the law no matter what walk of life we are from.

-- Posted by smrtn' on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 6:54 PM

As a person who knows Keven & his family, I know that judging him & his parents by the picture of him in the paper is WRONG! They have worked with & worried about him for a few years, but he moved out & in w/people who have no rules & this is what happened. He was raised w/rules & good morals & is really a great guy, but he's made some bad judgement in people to surround himself with.

-- Posted by ladydiw on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 8:48 PM

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