2 in custody following shooting near O’Bannon Woods
Two persons of interest in last week’s roadside shooting near O’Bannon Woods State Park have been located.
Timothy E. Sargent, 41, and Savanna L. Emich, 20, both of Ohio, were taken into custody by South Dakota authorities after allegedly being involved in a pursuit near Sioux Falls.
Both Sargent and Emich are listed as persons of interest in the Aug. 19 shooting and are needed for questioning in that case. Neither has been formally charged with any crime in Indiana, but Sargent is wanted for attempted murder in Ohio, according to the Indiana State Police.
Sargent is also a person of interest in an Ohio murder and a murder in West Virginia.
At about 9:15 last Wednesday night, police were dispatched to S.R. 462 and Old Forest Road after reports of a man being shot while driving his car near O’Bannon Woods State Park. Mark Bye, a Corydon police officer who was off-duty, was first on the scene after initially being notified of a crash, and conservation officers and ISP troopers soon arrived.
Officers found a gray 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe with a Kentucky license crashed into the wood line on the east side of S.R. 462 and immediately rendered first aid to the male driver, who had been shot multiple times. A female front-seat passenger was also struck by gunfire, while a female in the rear passenger seat was not hit.
The driver was flown to University Hospital in Louisville with life-threatening injuries. Both passengers were taken to UofL by ambulance.
According to police, the family had just left O’Bannon Woods State Park after enjoying a hike, when, for an unknown reason, a white Dodge Avenger pulled up quickly behind their car with its high beams on. The Santa Fe pulled to the side of the highway and stopped to allow the vehicle to pass; however, the Avenger then pulled alongside the car, and an occupant fired multiple rounds into the Santa Fe. Investigators believe the driver of the Santa Fe then attempted to escape but crashed the car a short distance down the roadway.
After the shooting, officers believe the driver of the Avenger fled the scene and abandoned the car in a cornfield approximately 15 miles away near Carefree. The driver then stole a silver, 2000 Chevrolet pick-up truck parked at a nearby residence and fled the area.
Officers from the Indiana State Police were also assisted by units from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. and Harrison County EMS.
On Monday, the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg thanked the public for their assistance in attempting to locate both subjects as well as the Chevrolet pick-up truck they were traveling in.
This is an ongoing information, with more information expected to be released as it becomes available.