Dispute between cousins ends with shots fired, 1 arrest
An altercation north of Milltown involving two cousins last Wednesday night ended with shots being fired and one of the men being taken into custody.
Dennis L. Boone, 55, was arrested on a charge of criminal recklessness after allegedly firing a 12-gauge shotgun at the 5910 N. S.R. 66 residence of his cousin, Thomas Boone, while Thomas was inside.
According to an affidavit for probable cause filed by Chief Deputy Shawn Scott of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Dept., Thomas called 911 at 7:48 p.m. from inside his home to report that he and Dennis, who lives next door, had gotten into a dispute and Dennis had ‘said he would be coming back to kill him.’
During the call, Thomas reported that Dennis was intoxicated and walking toward Thomas’ property with a gun and had begun shooting into Thomas’ house.
Thomas later told Scott that, upon seeing Dennis approach with the gun, he went from the first floor to the basement to avoid Dennis and to attempt to lock the doors. Thomas added that, after seeing Dennis go around the outside of the house and approach the outside of the basement, he returned to the first floor and fled the residence from a bedroom window.
‘The first shot went out the door, then he fled out the window, then he heard two more shots,’ Scott said Thursday.
According to the affidavit, when Scott arrived, he saw Dennis pacing back and forth in the driveway, holding a long gun with a wooden stock. Dennis, he said, then walked into a tool shed connected to a garage on the property and laid the gun on a shelf.
‘Dennis appeared very intoxicated and had lacerations to the head and hands and dried blood on him,’ Scott said, adding that Dennis said that he had been fighting with his cousin.
During an inspection of the house, Scott and Indiana State Police Trooper Josh Orme found that the front and back doors had been shot and shell casings were lying outside of the residence.
Two 12-gauge slugs were recovered from inside the home, and two fired 12-gauge shell casings were found outside the back door, according to the affidavit. A third fired 12-gauge shell casing was recovered by the tool shed, where Dennis had told police that he unloaded the gun, Scott said.
Other agencies assisting were the Milltown Police Dept. and Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.