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$1 million bond set for alleged shooter

Thursday, April 8, 2010 ~ Updated 9:16 AM

GREENCASTLE -- Bond has been set at $1 million for a Greencastle man accused of shooting at a Putnam County Sheriff's Department Reserve deputy.

Justin L. Hargrove, 24, was formally charged in Putnam County Circuit Court Thursday with Class A felony attempted murder and Class D felonies resisting law enforcement, receiving stolen property and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.

On the recommendation of Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter, Judge Matthew Headley set Hargrove's bond at $1 million.

According to court documents, Hargrove intentionally shot at Putnam County Sheriff's Department Reserve Deputy Matthew Biggs with a rifle early Tuesday after Biggs stopped a vehicle in which Hargrove was a passenger.

Hargrove pled not guilty to all counts. He requested and was granted pauper counsel. He told Headley he didn't have a job and "couldn't remember" the last time he had worked. He admitted that he had served prison time in 2005 for a possession of a controlled substance charges and again in 2006 for a possession of marijuana charge.

Headley assigned Sidney Tongret to Hargrove's case and set a pretrial conference for May 27.

Hargrove and three other people, Lacey Ann Couch, 23, of Greencastle, Keven Dale Crowe, 18, of Coatesville and Michael Scott Pryor, 18, of Coatesville were allegedly riding in Couch's vehicle in the early morning hours Tuesday and randomly firing guns from the car's windows.

Couch, Crowe and Pryor were all charged with Class C felony assisting a criminal for hiding firearms from the police once the investigation had begun, Class D felony receiving stolen property because the rifle Hargrove allegedly used to shoot at Biggs and five handguns in the vehicle had been reported stolen from a northern Putnam County residence and Class D felony criminal recklessness for allegedly shooting guns from the windows of a moving car.

Couch was also charged with Class D felony resisting law enforcement for allegedly being the driver of the vehicle and with Class D felony neglect of a dependent for "placing (a minor child) in a situation that endangered their health or safety," court documents said.

Couch, Crowe and Pryor all pled not guilty to all charges.

Public defender Todd Sallee was assigned to Couch's case, and her bond was set at $20,000 with 10 percent allowed; public defender Melinda Jackman-Hanlin was assigned to Pryor's case and his bond was set at $20,000 cash; and Crowe said his parents would be hiring counsel for him and his bond was set at $20,000 cash. All three will be in court May 27 for pretrial conferences.

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.

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., 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 told authorities that Hargrove fired two or three rounds in Biggs' direction. Biggs was not injured, but one of the rounds struck his police vehicle.

After Hargrove allegedly shot at Biggs, a vehicle pursuit ensued eastbound on Franklin Street and then north on Arlington Street. Biggs lost sight of the 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 Hargrove on foot for a short distance before losing sight of him.

Putnam County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Don Cochrane walks Justin Hargrove, 24, into the Putnam County Courthouse for an initial hearing earlier today. Hargrove was charged with attempted murder, and his bond was set at $1 million.
All four defendants were ordered to have no contact with one another.

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what is the top part of the story? the picture is covering it up. do i read this right and these idiots had a child in the car with them?

-- Posted by BORNINPUTCO on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 4:12 PM

Great job we need to keep these clowns off the street!

-- Posted by 1stamendrights on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 4:14 PM


-- Posted by Angel6019 on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 5:22 PM

i am very thankful for this web site. it has kept me up to date on the situation quite well. however, in this article there is at least one mistake. it was couch accused of child neglect. not Crowe.

and although the situation is quite exciting and dramatic, i wish that we could all remember that not everyone who makes a bad, or misled decision is a bad person. and i hope to see our justice system prove itself fair in this trial. seeing as i was in school during the preliminary hearing, i missed the procedure but i did stop by to at least see the results first hand, and i feel that we will see pryor and crowe out soon enough. and i feel confident that this singular action does not represent their over all character in the slightest.(in fact most that know them personally are still in shock) now, there is a definite difference in shooting stop signs, and firing at a police officer. i expect a completely different outcome for Hargrove.

-- Posted by smrtn' on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 6:15 PM

Is it just me, or does this pic show him w/mis matched shoes, and the shoe on his left foot is about 2 sizes too small? HAHAHA. You know they are doing him dirty every chance they can, since he tried to kill one of there own! He deserves it...but so does the worthless "mother" who had her child w/them while they were driving around being crazy.

-- Posted by truthis on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 7:04 PM

smrtn', what you said is ridiculous. If a person has been in prison or jail twice before for drugs, is known to break into houses and steal guns, drives around shooting those guns out the windows of a moving vehicle in a residential area and tries to END THE LIFE of an officer of the law (who happens to be a friend of mine), I believe that makes you a bad person.

I agree that if someone gets a minor in consumption, or even something like assault and battery when they are young is perfectly normal, and shouldn't be used to label someone for the rest of their lives. I will be the first to admit that I've had my fair share of trouble. But when you endanger the lives of children and honest, hardworking people, you are not only a bad person but a selfish idiot.

Everyone in that car (excluding the child) deserves a lot worse than they will get. Matt Biggs, a guy that I've known since junior high, could have died that night because of some stupid and irresponsible actions by some punks that (obviously) have never been and probably never will be positive members of Putnam County society. My only regret is that the hard earned tax money of my fellow Americans will be giving these morons a warm bed and a full belly for the next few years.

-- Posted by chaas013 on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 8:15 PM

Get real smrtn! Surely "I feel confident that this singular action action does not represent their overall character in the slightest", must be sarcasm. Clearly these people are all trash and should be banished to the kingdom of Fillmore immediately.

-- Posted by headlettuce on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 8:26 PM

Let's go ahead and point out the fact that nowhere in this article does it say that the baby was in the vehicle. From the looks of things I (personally) wouldn't put it past them- but to be fair it doesn't say that. The baby could have been left at home next to a bunch of used needles, rattlesnakes and electrical cords - we don't know.

Second, yes, he's definitely wearing two different sandals in that picture which is absolutely hilarious. Unless this is some sort of new fashion statement I've yet to (and hopefully never) catch up with.

Lastly, forget the $1 million bail... It should have been set at 10 bucks. We already know he can't afford guns or intelligence- let alone work.

...I bet he's really hating himself right now- afterall, he's going to miss out Girls Gone Wild at Moore's!

-- Posted by those.in.glass.houses on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 8:56 PM

Dear those.in.glass.houses you really need to get a life the ggw at moore's has been cancelled for the last time maybe everybody on here that's talking smack about everybody else needs to be re educated.!!!!! This situation is very bad and if the child was in the car it's even worse so PLEASE SHOW YOUR CONCERN MORE ABOUT CHILD then making some smart remark THAT YOU HAVE SAID OVER AND OVER AND OVER bottom line PEOPLE NEED TO GET A LIFE!!~!!!!

-- Posted by Angel6019 on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 9:49 PM

Oh, I'm so truly sorry... My having a 'life' must have interfered with reading about GGW being cancelled. I'll be sure to check this website more frequently. Better yet, do you have a Twitter? Maybe I could just follow you on there and you could keep me up to speed with your tweets- it'd be kindly appreciated.

And you know, if the mother would have shown concern for her child in the first place (regardless of where it was) - then you wouldn't be on here asking me to.

-- Posted by those.in.glass.houses on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 10:20 PM

chass i am completely agreeing that a man shooting at a police officer is completely and udderly in the wrong. and i fully expect him to stay in prison for the fullest extent possible. that is intolerable. just as shooting at anyone is. i have no defense for that person. and do not even care to know him on a personal level. he, having two, previous visits to incarceration only makes it that much more likely, and prolonged. but when two 18 year olds are sitting in the back seat, dare i say shooting at a mail box (which i admit in itself is a federal offense.) and are chased by a cop. the logical thing to do is run. and when the crazy ass guy gets out and shoots a cop... what are you going to do? is there really any way to see that coming. lets all hope that no one is stupid enough to hang out with someone that they would suspect be irrational enough to fire at anyone, yet alone a police officer.

and i have heard no report mentioning the child being in the car. that is assumed by the public. what i am saying is, these boys, at least one of them, is a high school student. this has officially ruined their life, simply because of the company they kept. and i hope that once their sentence is up, they will find a way to live it down. they are not unintelligent. they made bad choices.

-- Posted by smrtn' on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 10:42 PM

Oh how I hate the ignorance of Putnam County. Everyone who posts something to this article sounds as dumb as the people involved in this article that they are bashing.

-- Posted by Apollo13 on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 11:39 PM

No sorry i do not have a twitter account this is one of the reasons why because i have to much going on in my life to actually care what most have to say but i stand firm on some of my believes just as well as you do. S o sorry to dissapoint you but no. In regards to your comment about the mother, yes if she was more concerned we wouldnt have this problem now would we? But it never seems to make a difference to most. But to put your comment about the ggw on here was just uncalled for this is a serious situation and your just on here making jokes......

-- Posted by Angel6019 on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 11:53 PM

There's more to this story than people driving around shooting at the hoods of cars and stuff like that. Find out why/who/what they were really shooting at. It's interesting.

-- Posted by Sour Grapes on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 11:53 PM


-- Posted by haveaheartpeople on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 12:26 AM

How can you shoot a gun at someone and not have the intent to injure or kill another human being??? He's not a bad guy I have to agree, He is Scum and a determent to society. What if one of those bullets went though a window into a little girls head, would you say that he wasn't to blame and pin it on the drugs? People take drugs, drugs don't take people. It's a matter of making poor choices and now he must pay for his mistake. FOR THE RECORD YOU DONT HAVE TO TYPE IN CAPITAL LETTERS TO BE HEARD. WHO ARE YOU TO TELL PEOPLE TO GET LIVES WHEN YOU ARE GUILTY OF THE SAME THING?

-- Posted by 1stamendrights on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 12:56 AM

haveaheartpeople - if the pos was on drugs, you are saying it's not his fault that he shot at a police officer??? Are you on drugs, too? Too many people blame everyone but themselves for their actions. These people need to step up and take responsibility for their actions! I doubt they will, though. (And turn off your caps lock.)

-- Posted by VolunteerFF on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 5:41 AM

standard defense tactic since liberalism has pervaded America in the last 4 or 5 decades. "It wasn't my fault, the drugs, booze, friends, lack of parenting, low self esteem, etc. controlled me."

Society reaps what it sows. Don't expect it to get any better in the near future.

-- Posted by exhoosier2 on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 8:11 AM

haveaheartpeople, you are right about only one thing..... he probably WAS strung out on drugs and has no recollection of what he did. And that makes it okay?? Seriously?? No, there is absolutely NO reason to 'have a heart' for any of these actions and they deserve to be locked up for a long long time!! Someone could have been seriously injured or killed because, 'they were strung out on drugs'... Lives changed forever! Those are choices that they made, not anyone else. They need to take responsibility for their stupidity! Scares me that girl is actually raising a child too!! It could have come out a lot worse but haveaheartpeople, I don't care what was going through their minds or whether they are 'good people' or not.

-- Posted by bannerstuff on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 9:04 AM

Charles Manson wasn't a bad guy he just made some bad decisions and was on drugs, thats all.

-- Posted by headlettuce on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 9:47 AM

haveaheart - you've been on these boards for a few days now and this event seems to have set you off. It seems like you identify with the perps - for whatever reason. Maybe you know these people, or this Justin at least? Its difficult to admit that someone you know does something wrong, like breaking the law. If someone were to shoot at you, with the intent to "just try to scare" you, what would you want to have happen to that person? Ought they be held to the consequences? I don't care if my own brother shot at me - regardless of his own intent and his relationship to me, I would want him to be held legally responsible for his actions. As far as drugs play in it - it does not matter whether someone is high, or drunk, or even sober for that matter, their actions are a matter of choice. Here's something to think about: life's not always fair and we need to tolerate it when things don't go our way; and we especially need to accept the fact that we don't always make the best choices and there are consequences for them. We're all responsible for our actions, regardless of our state of mind. Judging others because we place a certain value on them is human nature. And I suppose I would agree that these people may in fact not be "bad" people - they made bad choices. This is hard for many to accept because we lives our lives assuming, interpreting and valuing, so I see where you and some others are coming from. However, in this case, its seems pretty cut and dry: bullets were shot at a police officer = pay the consequences.

-- Posted by ttocs on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 10:03 AM


I went to high school with one of those boys...He was a freshman when I was a senior, and he was in one of the blowoff classes that I took because North Putnam doesn't allow seniors to take partial schedules. I wouldn't say that I know him well, but back then I had a pretty good idea what kind of kid he is. He was a troublemaker back then too. What you are saying is that you think that 18 years old isn't old enough to make conscious decisions that define you as a human being.

It's been said here how irresponsible it is to shoot at mailboxes and whatever else in a residential neighborhood. 1stamendmentrights asked what you would have thought if it went through a window into a little girl's head. Would you have any sympathy for them then? Just because we as a community were fortunate enough that they didn't kill anyone doesn't mean they should be judged/thought of less harshly. And the company we keep is a decision we make...just like whether or not we point a high-powered rifle at a cop and pull the trigger.

Next -- haveaheartpeople, your arguments aren't fit for even this PUTNAM COUNTY message board. If you are a regular poster, please don't be offended by that. There is nowhere else I'd rather live, but Putnam County isn't exactly the most educated county in the country. If you want to make an intelligent argument, you should start with spelling words such as "GUARENTEE" correctly. After staring at your post long enough to decipher what you were trying to say, I come to the conclusion that I disagreed with all of it other than the assumption (which I'm not saying is wrong or right) that the Justin punk was not trying to kill Matt Biggs. First off, I'm in the active duty military now...And I know that you DO NOT point a weapon toward anything unless you have the intention of killing it. Loaded or not loaded. The thing is, I didn't learn that in the military...That was something I kind of figured out when I was about 10 years old, in those critical years before you become an adult that define who you will be for the rest of your life.

My next issue with what you said is that they were probably on drugs...And you attempted to use that as a defense to their actions. Personally, I think that if a person is dumb enough to take drugs that effect your decision making, then that makes the person dumb enough to make those decisions. These guys were sober at one point...do you think it ever crossed their minds that doing drugs was a bad idea?

That being said...I do have a small amount of sympathy for these ADULT CRIMINALS. I wish that when they were younger they would have had someone in their lives to teach them right and wrong. I was fortunate enough to have this. This could have very easily been me. But that does not take away from the fact that these ADULTS must be held accountable for their actions. It is too late for these people...The time to stop criminals like this is while they are in grade school.

-- Posted by chaas013 on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 10:29 AM


So...If he was on Drugs at the time to the point of having NO recollection of what he did..How do you figure he was in the right mind to make a decision to just scare the officer he intended to Shoot? OR Have the skill to Point, Aim and Shoot WITH the skill to Miss, or as you put it, Scare the Officer he WAS shooting at? Get real, Dude wants to play Thug, he picked the wrong town and didn't have the right skills to do so. And quit with the Caps writing....Jeez...

-- Posted by Afghan Contractor on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 1:29 PM

JUSTIN IS NOT A BAD GUY. IF HE WANTED TO HURT THAT COP HE WOULD HAVE. HE WAS JUST TRYING TO SCARE HIM. AND I GUARENTEE HE WAS ON DRUGS AT THE TIME AND HAS NO RECOLECTION OF WHAT HE DID. You have got to be joking. You just don't try to scare a police officer by shooting at them, the motive was shoot to kill in my book. The good thing is that there were not any other lives lost that morning and that Biggs is ok. These crazy people deserve to be in jail. They are the ones that made the decision to do what they did. They did not have to take the drugs or drink, but they did and made some serious mistakes that could have killed and officer in our county. Job or no job there is no excuse for the behavior. By the way I find it funny how the ones with no jobs can always find the money for drugs and beer!

-- Posted by RDALERESIDENT on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 1:57 PM

Charles Manson wasn't a bad guy, he was on drugs, etc... now that is pretty damn witty.

Sadly it is true. what decisions you make after the decision to get that stoned, is all the same. with the same responsibility going with it. and i agree with some of the others, if one of those bullets had struck the officer or a child, what would you (who are asking for forgiveness of these bafoons) be saying now?????

-- Posted by BORNINPUTCO on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 2:44 PM

headlettuce - simply well stated.

-- Posted by just a local on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 5:29 PM


i completely respect your opinion. and i am not suggesting they should be released scott free, i am attempting to point out the clear diffrence between levels of sanity, and criminal intent/mind set compared to this "chaos" or justin. these boys, are by no means role modles obviously. but i respect them as intelegent peers of mine and can understand how you can be found in a situation such as this. i never could have exspected an issue to this magnitude and i am completely against exscuses for any matter including this exspecially. but i still feel that a flaw of society is failing to see a situation from every angle. be it the residents. mr. matt biggs, or the people in this car.

-- Posted by smrtn' on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 9:28 PM


Your comment was lost to me after 'but i respect them as intelegent peers of mine'.

These criminals are not 'intelegent', and frankly, you aren't giving me the impression that you are either. The only angle I need to see this from is that these morons broke into a house, stole some guns, were discharging them in a residential area for fun, then one of them attempted to kill a friend of mine. That's pretty cut and dry. If there is some extremely relevant piece of information that I am missing, please feel free to enlighten me. You can find me on Facebook if you look around...I don't know if the webmaster wants me posting my email.

-- Posted by chaas013 on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 12:42 AM

chaas013 hit it pretty well on the head. One thing I would add is that these people chose to take the drugs that some are trying to say somehow lessens their responsibility. I don't care how whacked out on drugs they were, they are still absolutely and totally responsible for their actions, which started by willingly and intentionally taking the drugs. Throw the book at them!

-- Posted by VolunteerFF on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 7:55 AM

I'm not here to bash anyone but I do just want to say that until you know the WHOLE story please don't judge.

-- Posted by countrygirl34 on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 8:43 AM

countrygirl34 - I cannot imagine any missing "part of the story" that would condone shooting at a police officer!!!

-- Posted by VolunteerFF on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 9:39 AM

Sorry I should've clarified myself. I was referring to Ms. Couch and the child neglect charges.

-- Posted by countrygirl34 on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 2:23 PM

Yes, I am sure there are plenty of good reasons to bring your child along in the middle of the night for some innocent drinking, drugs & firearms.

-- Posted by VolunteerFF on Sun, Apr 11, 2010, at 6:50 AM

Okay. So chaas013...

Let me enlighten you. I for one have had my experience in the justice system. Myself being at the same age as these boys know that everyone makes mistakes. Maybe you need to pay attention more to the fact that Justin Hargrove is the one who shot at the police officer. Granted what they did was wrong, but that doesn't mean that these boys (meaning Michael Pryor and Keven Crowe) at the age of 18 should have to pay for the recklessness of one man. Choosing your friends is important but what makes up knowing you do or don't want to be friends with someone depends on one moment. I'm pretty sure this is that moment that determined it for those 18 year old boys. These boys have no sense of the tax paying world yet, this stupidity by one man (who by the way is substantially older)could cost them their lives if the court decided to deal with them the same stupid you would.

-- Posted by OthrSmrt'n on Mon, Apr 12, 2010, at 5:12 PM


Thanks for trying to enlighten me. I'm saying this respectfully...Quit making excuses for these ADULTS. Eighteen years on this earth is long enough to understand that wreckless decisions such as riding around while shooting at mailboxes in a residential neighborhood can have adverse consequences on your life. At least, it was for me...

There is a reason why you become a legal adult at the age of 18. People more intelligent than you and I set that age...it's when you become fully responsible for yourself. I understand that...You're not in prison so I assume you understand that...These morons didn't.

I know that they are not the ones that shot at Matt. It was the other useless idiot. But they are very nearly as dumb for hanging out with him. As we have asked twice before...What would you think if one of those bullets went through a window into a little girl's head? We were fortunate enough that nothing like that happened, but why should they be treated any differently because they were lucky enough nobody got killed?

-- Posted by chaas013 on Mon, Apr 12, 2010, at 7:21 PM

Thank you for trying to be respectful, although it's somewhat lost on me since I'm angry.

However, I understand that what they did was wrong. I'm by no means making excuses for these boys. Everything else they can be charged for by all means, I'm just saying that they didn't fire the gun. It doesn't make them stupid for hanging out with him. At the very least at the end of a chase like that, if the gun had not been fired they wouldn't have gotten jail time. The fact that one man decided he was going to be a "gangster" and shoot a policeman shouldn't mean that the others should have to be punished for his mistake. Sure they should be punished for firing the weapon, sure also for the mailboxes and all the other things they did. But people need to realize that that's what teenagers do. Even though I'm 18, I don't believe that that should be the legal age for adult hood. Ever heard that people mature at different rates? Yeah. I've seen teenagers go to court for things like that, it tears their lives apart. Sure they need to learn that everything they do has a consequence, but punishing them for shooting at a police officer is unacceptable when they didn't do it (Pryor and Crowe).

-- Posted by OthrSmrt'n on Mon, Apr 12, 2010, at 10:19 PM


Your bias is obvious. You are friends with these criminals.

Check Indiana state law. It is a felony to fire guns 'Upon or across a road'.

Check the law about damaging mailboxes...I believe you will also find that to be felony.

So your point about them not getting jail time for everything else besides the Justin idiot trying to kill Officer Biggs is wrong.

What they did was wrong, not only legally but morally. After this I am done posting...I see no point in arguing with a friend of these criminals, because obviously you are going to defend their case. If you took a step back and looked at this as a reasonable person, you would see that my opinion is on the right side of the law, on the right side of morals, and with the general consensus.

-- Posted by chaas013 on Mon, Apr 12, 2010, at 11:25 PM

oddly, she has no connection with them (other than me informing her of their case.). she just sympathies with their situation.

-- Posted by smrtn' on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 9:52 AM

Your connection is also obvious. You're friends with the officer. Therefore you feel stronger that he meant to kill him. I highly believe that if Hargrove had meant to kill him he would have(not that im on his side). However, you obviously have a reading problem. I just said that i by no means condone what they did. Haha if you think everyone that makes a mistake is a criminal, you need to rethink life. And i dont know these boys, i've never met them, and i JUST learned their names. So stop making assumptions.

-- Posted by OthrSmrt'n on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 8:10 PM

Where in any article did it state that Ms. Couch had her child in the car?

-- Posted by countrygirl34 on Thu, Apr 15, 2010, at 10:29 AM

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