Ex-Employee Arrested In TV Station Gunfire

Police: Man Fired Several Shots At Terre Haute NBC Affiliate

A man was arrested Saturday, hours after a western Indiana television station and two vehicles outside were riddled with bullets.

Kenneth "Trey" Bolinger, 24, of Farmersburg, was arrested on a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, a Class C felony, and three counts of criminal mischief, a Class D felony, less than 12 hours after shots were fired at WTWO, the NBC affiliate for the Terre Haute television market.

Bolinger, a former employee of the station, was taken into custody just before 3 p.m., Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts said.

"During the investigation, officers developed information that led them to investigate Bolinger as a possible suspect," Watts said. "During the arrest and subsequent search of (a home Bolinger shares with his parents), evidence was recovered, which detectives believe is related to the … shooting incident."

Bolinger had recently been terminated from the station, police said, but they referred questions about him to TV station management.

Troopers were called to WTWO just after 8:30 a.m. Investigators believe the shots were fired about 4 a.m.

"Employees of the station believed they heard gunshots from outside of the building. A quick, cursory search at that time did not reveal the damage," Watts said. "As daylight arrived and employees were beginning and ending their respective shifts, the gunshot damage was discovered."

Police said multiple rounds had been fired through the front door glass at the main entrance to the building and more shots were fired into a station vehicle on the north side the building.

Multiple shots were also fired into a privately owned vehicle on the west side of the building, police said.

Investigators declined to release information about how many rounds were fired and about the type of weapon that was used.

There were no injuries. Bolinger was being held Saturday in the Sullivan County Jail on $39,000 bond.

WTWO is owned by Nexstar Broadcasting. It also operates WAWV, an ABC affiliate.

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