Dubois County Highway Worker Escapes Serious Injury After being Shot At-Suspect in Custody

Pine Ridge Road – (NNDC)

  Around 3:00 pm on Thursday, Law Enforcement responded to the area of SR 64 and Pine Ridge Road after the Dubois County 911 Center received a call from a County Highway worker saying he had been shot at.

Preliminary investigation reveals that the Dubois County Highway Department was grading the snow on Pine Ridge Road at SR 64.  As the driver turned the grader around and started north on Pine Ridge Road he noticed a male standing near the mailbox of 4715 Pine Ridge Road.  Shortly after seeing the male, theWINDOW of the grader was shot.  The driver of the grader left the area and called 911.  Fortunately, the Dubois County Highway Department employee only received minor cuts to his face from the broken glass.

Officers responded and established a perimeter around the residence at 4715 Pine Ridge Road and attempted to establish communications with the suspect.  At 11:13 pm after several hours of communicating with suspect, Indiana State Police SWAT breached the front door, and he then surrendered peacefully.  The suspect, Virgil Lee Crews, 76 was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for evaluation before being taken to the Dubois CountySECURITY Center.  Crews is charged with Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm and Battery.

“We are pleased that this incident ended peacefully and that no one was seriously injured.  I would like to thank everyone that assisted with this detail.  The peaceful outcome was truly a team effort,” said Lt. Allen, Commander of the Jasper Post.

Investigators are asking for anyone who might have been in the area at the time the shooting occurred to call the Indiana State Police Jasper Post at 812-482-1441.

State Road 64 was closed during the event but was officially re-opened at 11:45 pm.

Assisting Agencies:  Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Conservation Officers, Ferdinand Police Department, American Red Cross, SE District School Corporation

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Crews is being  charged with Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm and Battery.

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