The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department arrested two North Vernon residents believed connected to an early Tuesday morning shooting incident in Spencer Township.
Shortly after 1 a.m., deputies were dispatched to an address on County Road 1000 West in reference to shots being fired and a suspicious vehicle. They learned the homeowner had returned home and discovered the vehicle in the middle of the roadway. He checked his house and property and eventually found a man hiding in his yard. Police say the man opened fire on the homeowner with a small caliber weapon. The property owner returned fire and the suspect fled on foot.
Authorities say that one suspect, 26-year-old Alex Mullikin, was taken into custody later that day after he was seen walking in the area. He was apprehended without incident.
The second suspect, 18-year-old David Eggerts, was taken into custody by Sgt. Cody Low and his police dog Axle. Chief Deputy David Turner says that Eggerts was seen walking on Hoosier Street. He was ordered to stop by Sgt. Low, but Eggerts reportedly took off on foot. Axle was deployed and was able to allow Eggerts to be taken into custody.
Authorities say that during the arrest, a handgun that Eggerts had pulled out during the foot pursuit was found under a nearby vehicle. Turner says the handgun was taken by Eggerts after he fled from the original scene and stole another vehicle in the area.
Mullikin is facing a preliminary charge of Theft. He is being held on $1,055 bond.
Eggerts is facing preliminary charges of Attempted Murder, Possession of Firearm by Felon, Theft and Criminal Recklessness with a Weapon. Authorities add that Eggerts was also wanted on an outstanding parole warrant.