Two neighbors involved in an ongoing dispute shot at each other on Tuesday, leaving one man in critical condition after being shot multiple times, the sheriff’s office said.
Jeffrey Weigle, 59, who lives east of Greenwood, had been shot multiple times while he was mowing his grass, Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said.
Weigle’s neighbor, Lisa Keller, called 911 to report that Weigle had first shot at her husband, Dean Keller, and that Dean Keller, 49, had shot back, striking Weigle, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report.
The sheriff’s office is still sorting out what led to the shooting, how many shots were fired and by who, and who shot first. The shooting happened about 4 p.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of Campbell Road, east of Greenwood and south of Rocklane Road/Main Street.
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Keller has not made an additional statement to police beyond the 911 call by his wife, Cox said.
No one has been arrested or charged. Once completed, the investigation will be sent to the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office for a review and decision on what, if any, charges will be filed.
Deputies found Weigle laying on the kitchen floor of his home. He had been shot multiple times and told deputies that his neighbor had shot him, the report said.
He had a gunshot wound to the chest that made it hard for him to breathe and prevented him from talking further, and emergency crews rushed him to the hospital, according to the sheriff’s office initial report.
Weigle was taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in critical condition and was undergoing surgery on Tuesday evening, Cox said.
Deputies found that both Weigle and the neighbor had guns and both had fired at each other, Cox said.
Nancy Phillips, who owns the home where Weigle lives, told police she was inside and heard two or three loud bangs and Weigle came inside and said he had been shot. She called 911, the report said.
She told police that her neighbors had been upset for years, and she had heard an argument between Dean Keller and Weigle on Monday, the report said.
Deputies have been called to the two homes multiple times in the past for disputes between the residents over issues ranging from property lines to animals being on each other’s property, Cox said.
Investigators had gotten permission to search Phillips’ property and were working to get a warrant to search Keller’s property on Tuesday evening, Cox said. In the backyard of Phillips’ home, they found a gun and a bullet projectile near a riding lawnmower, the report said.