BEDFORD - Details have emerged following a shooting on the morning of May 12 in Bedford, which left one injured.
Bedford Police officers arrested Dustin L. Weldon, 34 of Shoals, who they believe to have carried out the shooting. Weldon currently faces felony charges of:
Attempted murder, a Level 1 felony
Aggravated battery use when the assault poses a substantial risk of death, a Level 3 felony
Battery by means of a deadly weapon, a Level 5 felony
Felon carrying a handgun, a Level 5 felony
Possession of methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony
Criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon, a Level 6 felony
Pointing a firearm at another, a Level 6 felony
According to the probable cause affidavit, BPD officers responded to a 911 call at around 10:15 a.m. from a shooting victim outside of the Hauck House apartments, 1305 K St.
The caller told police he had confronted Weldon outside of the building, believing that Weldon had stolen from him. During that confrontation, it was said that Weldon pulled out a pistol and shot the man in the abdomen before fleeing the area on foot.
Following the man receiving treatment for the gunshot wound at IU Health Bedford Hospital, police interviewed him, where he provided more details of what led to the altercation.
Officers said Weldon is a family member of the victim's girlfriend and had come to visit her in his apartment Wednesday night. The man told police that while Weldon was at his apartment, he noticed items missing from a drawer, including a smart watch, leading to the eventual parking lot confrontation.
The man had several knives in his possession when police arrived at the scene, but he told officers he did not pull a weapon out during his confrontation with Weldon, police said.
The altercation was captured on security camera footage later obtained by police. The video shows the man approaching Weldon. Next, officers said the two men stood between cars in the lot for "several seconds". During this time, police say the men are moving in the video, but the footage is partially obstructed by trees in the camera's view. The two then are said to appear to be in a physical struggle before Weldon can be seen running out from between the cars to head north, while the man is seen walking south while holding his stomach.
Weldon was arrested by BPD officers near Hawkins Bailey Warehouse, 1101 12th St., on Thursday after the shooting and was booked into the Lawrence County Jail at 1:35 p.m.
While being interviewed by police, Weldon told officers he hid the firearm in a bush on the north side of the apartment building. Later, police said they found a black .380 Taurus pistol in a bush in a similar location to the one described by Weldon.
Noah Dalton is a reporter in Bedford, IN. He can be reached at email@example.com
This article originally appeared on The Times-Mail: Details emerge following Bedford K Street shooting