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[ISP] Domestic Dispute Leads To Gunfire And Arrest
Start Date: 4/20/2012
End Date: 4/20/2012
Entry Description

Vigo County-At 6:15PM on Thursday evening, Indiana State Police Troopers Brandon Mullen and Ted Robertson were dispatched to a reported hit and run crash at 8097 South Trueblood Street in southwestern Vigo County. After arriving, the troopers found a domestic argument had also occurred with shots having been fired.

Preliminary investigation determined that Richard Lynch, age 37, of 8097 Trueblood Place, a female companion, Nicole Custer, age 26, of Terre Haute and her 2-year-old son were outside the residence and setting in the rear of Lynch’s Chevrolet S10 pickup. Another male, identified as Chad Hall, age 34, of Terre Haute had arrived moments before the initial call and allegedly began to argue with Lynch and Custer. Hall then allegedly backed his 2000 Chevrolet Blazer out of the drive-way onto Trueblood Place, sat briefly, then accelerated at a high rate speed through the yard toward the S10 pickup. Richard Lynch then allegedly fired two shots from a .22 caliber rifle toward Hall’s vehicle, striking it twice. Hall’s vehicle then struck the rear of the Lynch’s S10 pickup, ultimately ejecting Nicole Custer and her 2-year-old son onto the ground. The mother and son received only minor scrapes and did not seek any treatment. Hall, uninjured, fled the scene prior to arrival of the troopers.

At approximately 8:15PM, Mullen and Robertson located the suspect vehicle in a tree line near the rural intersection of Curry Drive and Cullen Place. Minutes later, the troopers located Hall walking in the nearby Prairie Park Subdivision. After a foot pursuit between houses and through yards, the troopers apprehended Hall and transported him to the Vigo County Jail.

Chad Hall was preliminarily charged with three felony counts of Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon, one count of Operating While Intoxicated (Refusal), A misdemeanor, and one count of Resisting Law Enforcement, A misdemeanor.

Following the arrest of Hall, troopers arrested Nicole Custer on a Failure to Appear warrant for Driving While Suspended issued by the Terre Haute City Court. The toddler was released to family members.

Richard Lynch was not charged with any crimes.

Assisting Mullen and Robertson were the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office and the Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office.

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Joe Watts
Phone: (765) 653-4114
Email: jwatts@isp.in.gov
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