Percocet, Gunfire and Gucci: Prosecutor reveals details of Rising Sun shooting

Percocet, Gunfire and Gucci: Prosecutor reveals details of Rising Sun shooting
The search for a shooting suspect early Tuesday shut down schools in Rising Sun. (Source: FOX19 NOW)

OHIO COUNTY, Ind. (FOX19) - Police arrested a second suspect in connection with a shooting that occurred in Rising Sun, Indiana Tuesday morning.

Cincinnati resident Jesse Michel, 24, was identified late Tuesday and an arrest warrant was issued out of Ohio County, Indiana on Wednesday, according to Indiana State Police.

Law enforcement in Hamilton County found Michel Wednesday night.

Thursday evening Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens issued details of an investigation into the incident conducted by ISP, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, Rising Sun police and Cincinnati police.

The shooting took place on Tuesday shortly after 6 a.m. in the driveway of a home belonging to Joseph Louden, 22, located in the 3200 block of SR 262.

Louden says as he was leaving his home he saw a man, Sean Murphy, 20, limping down his driveway. Murphy allegedly told Louden he had wrecked his car and needed help.

At the time, according to the prosecutor’s office, Louden was in possession of a Gucci bag with personal belongings and $6,400 cash.

As Louden was helping Murphy, he says a masked man approached, put a gun to his side and demanded he hand over the bag with the cash. Louden says he recognized the masked man by his tattoos and build as Michel.

Jesse J. Michel
Jesse J. Michel (Source: Indiana State Police)

Murphy and Michel allegedly began punching Louden, then Michel grabbed the Gucci bag, and the two assailants began to run away. Meanwhile, Louden retrieved a handgun from his vehicle and started firing. Michel reportedly returned fire.

Murphy was hit in the exchange and later was located by police in a vehicle on Hartford Pike. He was transported to High Point Health, the prosecutor’s office says, then to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he is receiving medical treatment.

A 34-year-old man named Marcus Donald was reportedly located by police and arrested sometime after the shooting.

“Through the investigation, it was learned that Donald, Murphy and Michel were attempting to get the pain medication, Percocet, fronted to them from Louden, and (that) Donald would eventually pay the $6,400," Deddens wrote in a Facebook post. “When the deal fell through, Donald, Murphy and Michel then went to Louden’s house, where Michel and Murphy were going to rob Louden of his cash.”

Donald is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. He is currently at the Dearborn County Jail.

Michel is charged with robbery armed with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery armed with a deadly weapon. He is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center pending extradition to Indiana.

“We are monitoring the situation as to Murphy who is still being treated for gunshot wounds,” Deddens added.

ISP says the investigation is ongoing and that additional charges and arrests are possible.

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