Altercation leads to gunshots being fired; arrests made

Wanda Burnett

A disturbance involving gunfire sent one man to the hospital and two to the county jail.

According to information from Deputy Abraham Hildebrand of the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place on Saturday, July 24 about 8:55 p.m. He responded to a report of gunfire on Hopewell Road near Dabney.

According to police, Amber Thompson, 20, and Thomas Livingston, 27, both of Holton, were traveling eastbound on Hopewell Road when their vehicle was overtaken by another vehicle that was occupied by two men, Douglas M. White, 19 of Sunman, and Gabriel (Eddie) Seitz, 20, of Dillsboro. The White/Seitz vehicle forced Thompson to stop. In the Thompson vehicle, was the couple’s one year old child.

The investigation revealed that a verbal altercation took place on the roadway which led to gunfire from the White/Seitz vehicle before they fled.

Livingston received injury to his right arm as a result of the shooting. He was taken to Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville, by Rescue 69, where he was treated and released. Thompson and the child were not injured.

On Sunday, July 25, police picked up Seitz on a probation violation warrant he was wanted on out of Dearborn County. He is currently being held in the Dearborn County Jail pending his hearing.

Criminal charges were filed on July 29 by Prosecutor Ric Hertel against Seitz and White as a result of the shooting incident.

Seitz has been charged with Carrying a Handgun Without a License, a Class C Felony; Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, a Class C Felony; and two counts of Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon, Class D Felonies.

White has been charged with Assisting a Criminal, a Class D Felony; Obstructing Traffic, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting incident are asked to contact the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office at 812-689-5558.

The case is still under investigation by the sheriff’s office.