Woman accused of firing shots at vehicles including police

Sara Murphy. Photo courtesy of Jennings County Sheriff’s Department

A Dupont woman is under arrest, accused of firing a handgun as vehicles passed on the road including a state conservation officer’s truck.

41-year-old Sara R. Murphy was arrested on preliminary felony charges of criminal recklessness with a firearm and intimidation with a deadly weapon over the Friday night incident.

Lt Mike Mowery, spokesman for the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department says that a driver noticed a woman standing outside a home on County Road 500E at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday night, with her hands held together as if she had a gun, and then heard a gunshot as he passed the home.

Authorities were called in after the driver got home safely, and the first officer on scene was a conservation officer with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

As he approached the home, a woman, identified as Murphy, stepped from behind a vehicle and fired several shots. The officer backed up to a safe distance and called for assistance.

Deputies from Jennings and Jefferson counties along with Indiana State Police troopers arrived on the scene. Officers called the home, and talked with Murphy’s boyfriend who said he had no idea that the incident was happening. The boyfriend then disarmed Murphy and police made the arrest, Mowery said.

Mowery said there is no indication, as of yet, that any of her shots hit a vehicle or whether she was shooting at the vehicles or into the air. However conservation officers are cleaning the officer’s truck and still looking for any bullet holes.

Mowery said the case is still under investigation.