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Police arrest Jennings man after fatal North Vernon incident


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North Vernon Police officers Matt Staples, left, and Gary Driver water down the place where a man was shot earlier in the day on the 300 block of Franklin Street in North Vernon Monday September 9, 2013. (Joe Harpring | The Republic)
North Vernon Police officers Matt Staples, left, and Gary Driver water down the place where a man was shot earlier in the day on the 300 block of Franklin Street in North Vernon Monday September 9, 2013. (Joe Harpring | The Republic)


NORTH VERNON — A North Vernon man died of a gunshot wound early Monday afternoon while in the front yard of his home following an argument with a Commiskey man, police said.

Jeremy Moore, 24, was shot in the chest and pronounced dead upon arrival at nearby St. Vincent Jennings Hospital, Jennings County Coroner Eugene Rudicel said.

The shooting took place at 12:22 p.m. at 309 Franklin St., where Moore lived in a one-story brick house three blocks west of North State Street.

Donald Ray Williams, 57, of Commiskey, was arrested without incident at the scene on a charge of reckless homicide, said officer Justin Black, spokesman for the North Vernon Police Department.

A neighbor across the street told police he heard a single shot. When that man walked outside, he saw Moore on the ground and Williams standing over him waving his arms frantically, Black said.

Police received three 911 calls, including one from Williams, Black said.

Police did not initially say what caused the argument.

Black said Monday afternoon that he was unaware of a motive, but that the investigation is continuing.

An autopsy is scheduled for today at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Rudicel said.

Williams is in the Jennings County Jail, held on a $25,000 surety or $2,500 cash bond.

If convicted of reckless homicide, a Class C felony, Williams could receive two to eight years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

Formal charges, if any, will be determined by the office of Jennings County Prosecutor Alan Marshall.

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