Man arrested on weapon charge

Police: Seymour resident wanted to ‘scare’ neighbors with gun

A 39-year-old man was arrested Friday afternoon outside his home after he became upset with a neighbor and fired seven shots into the ground to “scare them,” police said.

Thomas James Young of Seymour faces a Level 6 felony charge of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon in connection with the incident, reported Friday in the 400 block of Colvin Court, according to a report from Jackson County Officer Jeff Walters.

Walters said he and Indiana State Trooper Seth Davidson responded to the 911 call about shots being fired in the Ironwood Apartments area on the far east side of Seymour.

During the initial investigation, Walters said police were able to determine the shots had come from a residence on Colvin Court behind the apartments.

While at the apartment complex, Walters said he and Davidson saw a man holding a gun leaving a residence at 418 Colvin Court.

Officers told the man— later identified as Young — several times to drop the weapon before he did so, Walters said.

Walters said Young told police he was upset with his neighbor and wanted to scare them, so he fired seven gunshots into the ground. The neighbor’s home is 20 feet away from Young’s home, Walter said.

A Remington .38 pistol was recovered at the scene as evidence, Walters said.

Young was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 4:13 p.m. Friday and is being held without bond.

A Level 6 felony is punishable by six months to two and a half years in jail upon conviction.

Jackson County Officer Rob Henley and troopers, Rob Simpson, Ed Olibo and Chris Lockman assisted at the scene.

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