Putnam County sheriff’s deputy shoots suspect at domestic dispute

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PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. — A Putnam County Sheriff’s deputy was involved in a shooting incident late Thursday.

It happened about 11:15 p.m. at a residence near the intersection of 490 W. and S. U.S. 36 in Putnam County. Deputies had been called to the location on a report of a domestic incident between a woman and her live-in boyfriend. The female had fled the home and placed a call to 911, according to police on the scene.

4 Fast Facts

  • Deputy shoots man while investigating domestic dispute in Putnam County
  • Deputies were called to the home around 11:15 p.m. Thursday
  • Deputies said they found a woman who appeared to have been battered
  • When they went to the house, a man with a gun confronted them; one of the deputies fired two shots

When officers arrived and talked with the woman, they noted it appeared as though she had been battered. Two deputies and a special deputy went to the home where they knocked on the front door. They were then met at a lower level door by a male with a handgun. The man pointed the gun at the special deputy, and another deputy fired two shots, striking the suspect twice in the torso. The deputies were uninjured.

The 35-year-old suspect was initially treated by Putnam County Operation Life paramedics and later flown by medical helicopter to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of serious wounds. Police identified him as Adam B. Wagner.

Two toddlers were home at the time of the shooting, and were uninjured. Police said Wagner is the father of both children.

The deputy who fired his gun has been identified as 21-year-old Jeffery L. Freeman, who’s been with the department for nine months and is a recent graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

The other two deputies involved in the incident were 32-year-old Anthony J. Brown and 22-year-old Special Deputy Ian Zeffel. Brown has been with the department for about 16 months and Zeffel has been with the agency for about six weeks. Neither Brown nor Zeffel fired their guns.