Johnson County man shot in the chest during a fight with his neighbor
JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. – The Johnson County prosecutor’s office is working to determine if charges will be filed after a gunfight in Greenwood.
Police say two neighbors opened fire on one another, one of them an Indianapolis firefighter.
Police say 59-year-old Jeffrey Weigle and his neighbor off duty fireman Dean Keller both opened fire on each other, all over an ongoing feud about property, fencing, and dogs.
“They are still not sure if he is going to make it,” said Nancy Phillips who rents out a room to Weigle.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene for reports of shots fire around 3:47 p.m on Tuesday. Officers were told that a homeowner had been shot at by a neighbor and he returned fire, hitting the neighbor.
According to a deputy report, the man who was shot, Jeffrey Weigle, was found suffering from gunshot wounds on a kitchen floor. Medics arrived and he was transported in critical condition to Methodist Hospital for surgery.
Phillips tells us she was relaxing inside when she heard three loud bangs. She says that Weigle came inside asking for help moments later and she called 911.
“He was shot in the chest and had a collapsed lung. He was also shot in the stomach and they had to do surgery,” said Phillips.
Phillips tells us that her neighbors have been making threats for years and are upset about the property belonging to her. She also told officers that the neighbor had said he “was going to kill Jeff one day,” according to a deputy report.
“I can not help it that they want to fight with guns. They know that it is not the wild west anymore…but so be it. I’m sick of it and I want it to end,” said Phillips.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office says there have been more than a dozen police reports involving Weigle and Keller in the past few years. Back in 2011, police arrested both men for battery after a fight over their dogs ended in a stabbing and physical fight.
In Tuesday’s gunfight, Keller’s family says he did need stitches. His sister tells us she is upset that the feud went this far.
“He was in the Air Force for 20 years and never had anyone pull a gun on him or got shot at. So…for it to happen in your own backyard..is a shame,” said Keller’s sister Lisa Shipe.
No arrests have been made relating to this incident.