Rushville Republican


January 4, 2010

Fatal shooting in Greensburg

Man charged with shooting his father

Greensburg — It started out as a classic Norman Rockwell moment, a dad and his son sharing a few beers and playing cards with a friend. It ended with tones of a Greek tragedy, the father on the kitchen floor dead and the son fleeing from the home.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, after a tip from a local resident, Greensburg Police apprehended James D. Imel Jr., 30, at his apartment at 1963 N. Carver Street, only a few blocks from the scene of the shooting, according to Police Chief Brian Heaton.

Imel is charged with the murder of his father, James Dennis Imel Sr., 54.

According to court documents, the Imels were at the home of Boin “Wayne” Cain at 607 Ninth Street Sunday night. Imel Sr. was living at that residence also. The three were drinking, playing cards and having a good time, Cain told police, but then an argument spontaneously broke out between the father and son.

Cain left the room and heard a gunshot. When he returned the elder Imel was lying on the floor bleeding from a wound to the head. As the younger Imel fled the home, Cain called 911.

Police arrived within minutes, around 8:05 p.m., and began their investigation.

Heaton said Imel was dead when officers arrived and their attention was turned on finding the fleeing gunman and the weapon he used. Police began searching for his vehicle, a 2000 black Mitsubishi Montero SUV 4X4, which he used to flee the scene.

The city police’s TAC team was assembled and deployed while officers from the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police assisted in the search.

Heaton credited the teamwork of law enforcement and the community in reducing the time it took to locate Imel Jr.

“With multiple locations and people that needed to be kept secure, we couldn’t be everywhere at once. The other agencies stepped in and did a great job helping out in that capacity,” Heaton said.

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