Suspect pleads not guilty in Delaware County deputy-involved shooting

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. -- The suspect accused of shooting a gun at two Delaware County deputies was in court Wednesday for his initial hearing. He pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder.

Gregory Grider Jr. was arrested in May after a shootout with deputies in his Gloucester Road home, outside of Selma. According to court records and a two month long investigation, deputies responded to the home for a welfare check. The mother of the suspects girlfriend called 911 after the woman claimed she feared for her life. The woman calling 911 said Grider Jr. had a gun.

When deputies arrived, they repeatedly asked Grider Jr.  to open the door. When he didn't deputies entered the home through the back door. Court records show deputies ordered the suspect to show his hands and "get on the ground" at least four times. Deputies noted they could not see Grider Jr's hands. They also noted hearing two "popping" noises. At least one round was found near the door of the home where two deputies entered.

One deputy fired two shots at Grider Jr. Where he was shot hasn't been released. He was taken to the hospital and has since been in the jail's medical facility. He is receiving daily medical treatment for his injuries.

Deputies noted they "feared for their lives" during the altercation. The Delaware County Prosecutors Office formally filed charges against Grider Jr. on July 19. The deputy who fired his weapon will not be charged. The prosecutors office said in a statement:

No charges will be filed against the officer who fired his duty weapon. The facts gathered in the investigation indicate that he did so in self-defense. Consequently, the officer’s actions were legally justified.

The sheriff’s office said Grider has been arrested 12 times since 2011, and they’ve been to this home before. He had warrants out for his arrest during the time of the shootout. The warrants were for charges from previous cases including battery, strangulation, and escape, among others. During Grider Jr's court appearance Monday, he stated "no comment" and displayed an obscene gesture towards FOX59 cameras.

Court dates for his case are pending as Grider Jr. decides if he will hire lawyer or be assigned a public defender. Grider Jr. is also facing charges in another shooting case in Delaware County when he attempted to flee to Sullivan County after allegedly shooting a man multiple times.

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