Columbus man faces criminal recklessness charge with firearm

A Columbus man is in jail on a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness with a firearm after police responded to a call of shots being fired.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department deputy Andrew Whipker responded to a report of shots fired in the 8400 block of Colony Parke subdivision at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

After making contact with the homeowner, identified as Adam Brown, 34, 8477 Sheffield Court, Whipker found that Brown appeared to be intoxicated. When asked about shots fired from his residence, Brown took Whipker to his backyard where he had been shooting a .22-caliber handgun and a 12-gauge shotgun at an archery target, sheriff’s department spokeswoman Judy Jackson said.

His residence was in close proximity to other residences where adults and children were outside, Jackson said. Deputy Terry Holderness assisted with the investigation and reported finding 81 .22-caliber shell casings and three 12-gauge casings near the area, Jackson said.

Brown was arrested on the Level 6 felony charge. He was released from the Bartholomew County Jail on $7,500 bond.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at or (812) 379-5639.