INDIANAPOLIS - A man suspected of fatally shooting four people in a Waynesville home is now in federal custody.
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett announced Monday that Samuel E. Sallee, 55, was taken into federal custody on charges of illegally possessing a firearm.
Sallee is the "sole suspect" in a May 11 Waynesville homicide that left one woman and three men dead, Bartholomew County Sheriff Mark Gorbett said. Sallee has been behind bars since May 13 on an unrelated battery charge.
Sallee was original indicted on federal charges May 14. Indictment documents state that law enforcement found Sallee in possession of a Ruger, Model 10/22 .22 caliber rifle. Sallee is not legally permitted to possess firearms due to prior felony convictions.
Court documents unsealed Monday provide additional details into the investigation of Sallee in relation to the Waynesville murders. According to those documents, investigators believe Sallee had been present at the residence earlier in the day, where he was allegedly attempting to trade one of the victims a .22 caliber rifle for some quantity of methamphetamine.
A search warrant was executed at Sallee’s residence on May 14. During the search of a detached garage, law enforcement reported locating the Ruger .22 caliber rifle, as well as additional evidence, including several pieces of jewelry that have been identified as having belonged to the female victim.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew P. Brookman, who is prosecuting the case for the government, said Sallee faces up to 10 years in federal prison if he is convicted of illegal firearm possession.
Sallee has not been charged in relation to the Waynesville homicides.