Man arrested for shooting gun while vehicle repossessed

A 63-year-old man faces charges related to an incident Monday in which a gun was fired while one of his vehicles was being repossessed, police report.

Jerald Lee Bruce of Seymour faces Level 5 felony charges of intimidation and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and a Level 6 felony charge of pointing a loaded firearm at another person.

Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said no one was injured in the incident, reported at 10:12 a.m. in the 5800 block of U.S. 50 on the city’s far west side.

Abbott said Bruce came home and confronted the people, who had repossessed the vehicle for a local bank and loaded it onto a trailer.

After talking with Bruce, the people had agreed to take the vehicle back off the trailer, but at that point, Bruce pulled out the weapon and fired it one time, Abbott said.

Police recovered the weapon and spent shell casing, he said.

While being interviewed, Bruce told investigators he had fired the shot to intimidate the people repossessing the vehicle, Abbott said.

Officer Mike Henley arrested Bruce.

Bruce was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 12:12 p.m. Monday and was being held without bond pending his initial hearing in Jackson Circuit Court.

Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7051.