On July 13, 2020, at approximately 9:00 p.m. Cass County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Gentile was sitting stationary observing traffic flow on State Road 25 near the Cass - Carroll County line. Deputy Gentile started hearing what he believed to be gunshots and the sound of bullets passing by his vehicle. Deputy Gentile exited his vehicle and took cover while summoning immediate assistance.
A perimeter was established with arriving officers and the Indiana State Police Aviation Unit was called to assist. Prior to the Indiana State Police Aviation Unit arriving, officers found there were three individuals located on a property northeast of the intersection of County Road 500 South and County Road 575 West. Further investigation revealed that the individuals were target shooting without a proper back stop. It was determined that an AK47 style firearm was being used and had been fired in the direction of the highway.
The Indiana State Police Aviation Unit arrived on scene and searched the area. It was determined that no other threat existed.
“This was not an active shooter situation. It was a case of a gun owner target practicing with a high power rifle without taking safety precautions and shooting towards a safety backstop. Please be a responsible gun owner and ensure safe gun handling rules are followed, " stated Sheriff Ed Schroder.
Alexander Greene, 18, of Galveston, was incarcerated at the Cass County Jail on a charge of Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm, a Level 6 Felony.
This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Joe Nies at 574-753-7800.