On August 5th, 2018 at approximately 1:54am Newton County Deputies were dispatched to a residence on  East Avenue in Thayer, IN for a report of a male subject that was shooting a firearm into the residence.


 The offender left prior to officer’s arrival, however it was found that a single gunshot was fired through the living room window, reportedly,  just feet above the head of a female in the house.


 The homeowner was offered medical attention for cuts caused by flying glass, however refused treatment.

Witnesses on scene identified the shooting suspect as a 34 year old Demotte, IN man.


Witnesses stated he left in a dark in color SUV. The SUV was located at his residence in Jasper County. Jasper County Sheriff’s STS were called to the scene and a search and arrest warrant were both obtained through the Newton County Prosecutors Office.


After long negotiations the man exited the residence and was taken into custody without any further incident.  Justin Graper was booked into the Newton County Jail with the following charges:

Criminal Recklessness

Pointing a Firearm

Possession of a handgun without a permit


Assisting agencies: Newton County EMS, Jasper County Sheriff, Jasper County Sheriff’s STS


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