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Police believe father shot son

Details uncertain, but 18-year-old expected to make full recovery

February 26, 2014 | 09:04 AM

A Marengo man is in police custody after allegedly shooting his 18-year-old son early Saturday morning.

Floyd K. Schmitt (click for larger version)
While Floyd Kennylee Schmitt, 42, is being held on a $27,500 bond at the Crawford County Jail on a Class B felony charge of aggravated battery, authorities, later in the weekend, were still trying to piece together the details of what happened.

"Not 100 percent sure yet," Crawford County Sheriff's Dept. Chief Deputy Shawn Scott, who issued a press release on Saturday morning, said Sunday afternoon. "Basically, the boy got shot and the dad is the suspect. We believe there might have been an argument."

Responding to a report of a shooting victim at White Oak Subdivision south of Marengo shortly before 2:30 a.m., CCSD deputies found Schmitt's son, Paul, who lives there with his father, had suffered a single shot from a handgun to his abdomen.

He was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville, where he underwent surgery. Scott said that the last he had heard the 18-year-old was stable and is expected to make a full recovery.

Police plan to interview the 18-year-old as soon as he is physically available, Scott said.

Scott added that the investigation is being headed by Deputy Glen Crawford, with assistance from Indiana State Police Det. Phil Stowers and ISP crime-scene technicians.

The older Schmitt was "extremely" cooperative, Scott said, and everything went smooth, like "clockwork." To his knowledge, he said, he doesn't believe police had been called to the home for any previous incidents.

Scott said the aggravated battery — injury to a person that could be deadly — charge is preliminary.

"It could go up or it could go down," he said.

Also assisting at the scene were the Marengo and Milltown town marshals, Marengo-Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Dept., Crawford County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Doug Goerss and Crawford County Emergency Medical Services.

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