June 5, 2020

DATE: Friday, June 05, 2020
SUBJECT: Man Arrested after Shotgun Fired During Confrontation with Neighbor
CONTACT: Col. Noah Robinson / Sgt. Thad Zuber
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding

On Friday, June 05, 2020 at 1:30pm the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a fight in progress at a residence in the 4000 block of Kleitz Road. The 911 caller reported that a shot had been fired.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived and learned from a victim that Mr. Waymon J. Rush had confronted him on his property. During the argument, Rush allegedly pointed a shotgun at the victim’s head and pulled the trigger. When the weapon failed to discharge, the victim fled and reported hearing the shotgun fire. The wife of the victim then grabbed the shotgun and disarmed Rush.

Rush fled to his next door residence and refused to exit. Sheriff’s deputies surrounded Rush’s residence while two Sheriff’s Office negotiators responded to the scene. After approximately 90 minutes of failed negotiation, the Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Evansville Police Department SWAT Unit. Evansville Police SWAT arrived with an armored vehicle at approximately 3:30pm. Rush surrendered to the SWAT team without incident. The standoff lasted approximately two hours in total.

Mr. Rush was booked into the Jail and is being held without bond. The incident remains under investigation.


Waymon Jerome Rush (pictured above), 56, of Evansville. Criminal Reckless while Armed with a Deadly Weapon as a Level 5 Felony, Intimidation while Armed with a Deadly Weapon as a Level 5 Felony.

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