Drug arrest follows shots fired

From local sources

LOOGOOTEE — A report in the wee hours Wednesday about shots fired about seven miles southeast of Loogootee resulted in an Orange County man’s arrest on felony drug charges.

Indiana State Police, the Loogootee Police Department and the Martin County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 2300 block of Rutherford Road when a 911 call about shots fired was logged at 3:08 a.m.

Officers arrived and found 25-year-old Nathan A. Purkhiser of French Lick in a vehicle. He was detained as police learned he and his girlfriend had argued. Police said Purkhiser allegedly went into the backyard at the scene and fired several rounds from a handgun.

A check of the scene located a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a .22-caliber revolver and several kinds of illegal drugs, police said.

Purkhiser was arrested and booked into the Martin County Jail on a Class B felony count of dealing a Schedule I controlled substance, a Class C felony count of possession of methamphetamine with a handgun, Class D felony counts of illegal possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, dealing methamphetamine and illegal possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia.

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