French Lick Man Arrested After Shots Fired at Loogootee Residence

A man was arrested in Martin County early yesterday morning after shots were fired at a Loogootee residence.

Indiana State Police say Martin County Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call just after 3 am yesterday morning of shots being fired in the 2300 block of Rutherford Road in Loogootee. Police say when they arrived at the scene, they found 25-year-old Nathan Purkheiser of French Lick in a vehicle near the area. Police say Purkheiser and his girlfriend had an argument, after which Purkheiser allegedly went into the backyard and fired several shots from a handgun.

Officers found a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun, a .22 caliber revolver, and several illegal drugs.

Purkheiser was arrested and transported to the Martin County Jail. He faces Class D felonies for possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance, dealing methamphetamine, and possession of a controlled IV substance, a Class C felony for possession of methamphetamine with a handgun, a Class B felony for dealing a schedule 1 controlled substance, and Class A misdemeanors for possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernelia.

Indiana State Police were assisted by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and the Loogootee Police Department.