A plan to sell marijuana from a Greenwood home ended with a man being shot in the face.
Now, one man is recovering from surgery to remove a bullet, and another has been arrested. Police are still investigating and have not arrested the man who was selling the drugs.
Lewis Grimes, 20, 1607 N. Rural St., was arrested on charges of battery, criminal recklessness and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.
Grimes is a convicted felon, who had been sentenced to house arrest in Marion County, when he went to a home near County Line Road and U.S. 31 to purchase 7 grams of marijuana, a Greenwood Police Department report said.
During the deal, police said Grimes shot Joseph Turner, 20, who had planned to sell Grimes marijuana at a home in the 1200 block of Tanglewood Drive. The bullet severed Turner’s lip, broke several teeth, went through the left side of his neck and became lodged in his shoulder. Turner had surgery at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and was released, the report and Greenwood Assistant Police Chief Matthew Fillenwarth said.
Fillenwarth said he didn’t know whether drugs or other evidence had been found that could lead to Turner being arrested or having charges filed against him. Those items and other facts are typically forwarded to the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office by the police department.
Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper has not received any information about the shooting or the events leading to it, he said. Cooper would have up to two years to decide whether to file any charges against Turner, which would likely be misdemeanors, Cooper said. That decision would depend on whether there was any evidence of drug possession or drug dealing, Cooper said.
Grimes was with three others, two women and a man, when he went to purchase the marijuana from Turner at his home, about 2 a.m. Saturday, according to the police report.
After the shooting, police spoke with the women, who said they went with Grimes to meet Turner in his garage to buy the drugs. Grimes sent one of the women to his car to get money, and Grimes and Turner got into an argument. That’s when Grimes pulled a small silver handgun from his pocket and shot Turner, the report said.
Grimes then got back into a car with another man, and they drove away, the police report said.
Greenwood police and U.S. Marshals arrested Grimes at his home on Rural Street about noon on Saturday, Fillenwarth said. Grimes told police he had been asleep since 1 a.m., the report said.
Grimes is being held at
the Johnson County jail on