Saturday Night Abduction Turns Violent in Crawford County

Bradley Sease Photo: Indiana State Police

Bradley Sease
Photo: Indiana State Police

TASWELL (Local Sources) – The abduction of a Warrick County woman Saturday night in Chandler ended Sunday north of Taswell in Crawford County after the suspect allegedly shot his victim and later took his own life.

Around 11:00 Saturday night, Tara N. Garland, 36, Chandler, was taken at gunpoint outside her Warrick County residence by Bradley R. Sease, 45, Jeffersonville, IN, her former fiancé. After Sease abducted Garland, he ordered her to drive to a rural area in Crawford County on Morgan Road, where he continued to hold her at gunpoint.

Around 6:00 Sunday morning, Garland was able to get away from Sease and get into her vehicle to attempt to drive off. Sease fired several shots at the vehicle, striking it twice. One of the bullets entered the vehicle and traveled through the driver’s seat, striking Garland in the back. Garland continued driving, eventually stopping at a residence on Highfill Chapel Road. She told the resident what had happened, who in turn dialed 911 to get Garland help.

Troopers with the Indiana State Police and Deputies with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area. After gaining preliminary information about the case, they began to search for Sease. Sease was located a short time later near where the vehicle had been parked overnight with what investigators believe was a self inflicted gunshot wound. An autopsy is to be performed on Sease.

Garland was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, where she is currently listed in serious but stable condition.

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