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A family dispute in which a rifle discharged during a struggle resulted in the arrest of a Van Blaricum Addition resident, police said.
Douglas R. Hobbs, 49, of 447 Dawson St., was arrested on charges of criminal recklessness while armed with a weapon and intimidation with a deadly weapon, both Class D felonies; and resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.
At 4:22 p.m. Tuesday, the Bartholomew County Emergency Operations Center received the first report of a shot being fired at the subdivision three miles south of Columbus, off State Road 11.
After talking to witnesses, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s investigators concluded that Hobbs had earlier entered his home carrying a loaded .22-caliber rifle with the intention of confronting a family member, Deputy Sheriff Maj. Todd Noblitt said.
Witnesses said oral threats were made, followed by a physical struggle for the weapon between Hobbs and two adult family members, Noblitt said. Hobbs’ 3-year-old grandchild witnessed the confrontation, Noblitt said.
The struggle ended when the rifle discharged and the bullet struck the bottom of a wall, Noblitt said. While no one was hurt, the discharge prompted Hobbs to leave without the gun, run outside and flee east toward the highway, Noblitt said.
Sheriff’s deputies, their police dogs and Indiana State Police troopers tracked Hobbs beyond State Road 11 to East Fork White River, where he was located roughly a mile from his home, Noblitt said.
When officers approached Hobbs, he refused to cooperate and surrender, Noblitt said. Because of Hobbs’ aggressive behavior, a police dog leaped at Hobbs and knocked him in the river, Noblitt said.
After deputies and troopers pulled Hobbs out of the cold, muddy water, he was taken into custody without further incident, Noblitt said.
Hobbs was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries before he was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail at 10:14 p.m. Tuesday.
Hobbs was still behind bars Thursday held in lieu of a $20,000 surety bond or $2,000 cash, according to a jail spokesman.
Formal charges, if any, will be determined by the office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash.
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