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Johnson County man who pulled gun on neighbor, prompting shootout charged

Posted at 8:35 AM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 09:31:41-04

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. -- A man who was shot multiple times after brandishing a gun during an argument with his neighbor has been charged for his role in the shootout.

Jeffrey Weigle, 59 was shot four times in the chest by his neighbor, Dean Keller, last month. Weigle was hospitalized in critical condition.

The Johnson County Prosecutor's Office said Keller acted in self-defense and wouldn't be charged. 

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According to Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox, a concerned citizen emailed police Wednesday and said Weigle was threatening to leave the hospital and hurt Keller. 

Police obtained a warrant for Weigle's arrest in connection with the June 27 shooting. He was served the warrant, and jail staff are watching him at a rehab facility, Cox said. Weigle's above photo is from a 2011 arrest. 

Weigle was charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.

Keller’s sister, Leah Shipe, blamed the shooting on an ongoing fence dispute, saying Weigle had been “badgering” her brother for years.

The video, released by the prosecutor's office on Wednesday, shows Weigle addressing Keller by saying, "Hey a**hole," before adjusting a portion of the fence that borders their property. He then says "I see you got the s*** out," in reference to Keller's wife. Weigle then gets onto his riding lawnmower and starts to ride off.

As Keller approaches the fence to see what Weigle did, Weigle backs up his lawnmower and flashes a gun at Keller. Keller pulls out his own gun and fires at Weigle, hitting him four times in the chest during an exchange of multiple shots.

The video was used as evidence in determining that Keller would not be charged. 

Weigle rents a room from the owner of the property he was mowing. She said the gun that he was using was hers and he did not have permission to use that gun, according to the report from the prosecutor’s office. She believes Weigle took the gun from under her pillow before he went out to mow.

Keller is employed as an engineer with the Indianapolis Fire Department. 

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