Two wounded in Georgiana shooting

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Georgiana police responded to a shooting Sunday on Washington Avenue in Georgiana that led to two subjects being wounded, one of which was the assailant.

According to reports, the suspect was threatening to shoot his ex-wife with a pistol and that an altercation ensued that led to the gun being fired. A bystander was wounded in the leg and the suspect fled the scene.

Georgiana Police located the suspect in his home shortly thereafter and discovered he had shot himself in the stomach.

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Both the shooting victim and the suspect were transported to area hospitals and charges are being made by the Georgiana Police Department against the suspect. According to Georgiana Police Chief James Blackmon, names are being withheld pending the conclusion of the investigation.

In another incident last Saturday, Georgiana police and Butler County Sheriff's deputies apprehended a subject for theft of property and another suspect remains at large.

After a report to Greenville police of a gas drive-off Saturday morning, Georgiana was notified and given a vehicle description. At approximately 10:23 a.m., a Greenville police officer reported that he was in pursuit of the vehicle, a 1999 Dodge Ram that had been reported stolen, on Highway 106 West. Georgiana officers responded and the vehicle continued to attempt to allude officers.

According to officials, the vehicle then turned onto a county road on which a bridge was out and the driver was forced to stop the truck. Two subjects proceeded to exit the vehicle and attempted to evade officers on foot.

Officers were able to apprehend one of the suspects, Jason Lyle Hernly, 35, of Indiana. Hernly was turned over to Butler County deputies and transported to Butler County Jail. The second subject remains at large.

Blackmon said this past weekend was a busy weekend and he feels that criminal activity is somewhat at a high point at this time of year.

"It seems like we have a lot going on in the county," Blackmon said. "The weather is getting warm and it when it starts getting warm it seems like the activity picks up even more."

The chief said he hopes this trend will end and things will quiet down in Butler County. "I hope this is not the sign of a bad summer," he added.