Man arrested after fatal shootingSeptember 19, 2011
By BILL POWELL
Herald Staff Writer
JASPER — The fatal shooting of a Warrick County man at a Kellerville Road residence in the early morning hours Sunday has resulted in a Haysville-area man’s arrest.
Tyler Bowles, 25, of 6530 N. Kellerville Road, was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center on a Class A felony count of voluntary manslaughter.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call at 3:30 a.m. advising that a shooting had just occurred at Bowles’ residence southeast of Haysville. Indiana State Police said Bowles placed the call.
When law enforcement arrived on the scene, they found 28-year-old Scotty L. Kirk of Newburgh dead outside the rural farmhouse from what appeared to be a gunshot wound.
State police questioned Bowles and were told that Kirk arrived at his home just after 3 a.m.
Shortly thereafter, police said, Kirk became involved in a physical confrontation with Brent Bowles, 25, who was also living at the Kellerville Road residence. Tyler Bowles and Brent Bowles reportedly are related, but police couldn’t immediately confirm how.
Police indicated that Brent Bowles and Kirk had just met Saturday night in Jasper. While the two men fought outside the home, police said, Tyler Bowles fired several warning shots into the air from a .45-caliber handgun in an attempt to stop the fight. When that failed to stop the altercation, police said, another gunshot was heard and Kirk fell to the ground.
Dubois County Coroner Tony Matthews pronounced Kirk dead at the scene. He said Kirk died instantly from the gunshot that entered below his lip on the left side of his head.
State police said alcohol was a factor in the incident. Matthews said the investigation into Kirk’s death will include toxicology testing.
Brent Bowles was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment of numerous scrapes and bruises, according to police. A hospital spokeswoman said he was treated and released.
The Haysville Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene of the shooting.
If found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, Tyler Bowles could face 20 to 50 years in prison.
State police said the investigation is ongoing.
Contact Bill Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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