A property owner shot an 18-year-old man and, along with his wife, fired shots at three more people in a dispute outside a vacant home in southwestern Johnson County early Friday morning, police said.The Johnson County Sheriff's Department is investigating the shooting of Zachary Chittum, 18, of Morgantown. Chittum was struck in the stomach and was rushed to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he underwent surgery. His condition was not released.Police said the incident happened just after 3 a.m. in the 8700 block of South County Road 575 West."What we know so far is that the property owner (Kevin Reckley) heard the driveway alarm sound to a piece of property he owns down the road from his residence. He and his wife (Teresa Reckley) went (toward) the residence and were armed," read a statement from Sheriff Doug Cox.Police said Kevin Reckley ordered two people in one vehicle to stop and that Chittum reached for something in his truck before he was shot."Shortly thereafter, another vehicle comes from the rear of the residence occupied by two more individuals, and that vehicle is fired upon by both property owners after they reportedly tried to strike the two property owners," Cox said.
Police said the truck was found abandoned near the scene and had been hit by bullets.A passenger in the truck Chittum was driving, Chris Shepherd, 19, was taken into custody. Christopher Keller and Bryan Woolridge, both 19, were arrested Friday afternoon.All three were preliminarily charged with attempted theft. Chittum is also expected to be charged once his condition improves.Authorities urged homeowners to call police instead of taking matters into their own hands."The preferred method is that law enforcement is contacted and let them, the trained people who know what they're doing, make the confrontation and such things," said Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper.
Christopher Keller, Christopher Shepherd and Bryan Woolridge