A western Vanderburgh County man is in custody this evening on attempted murder charges after shooting his father with a rifle.
On Saturday, April 18, 2020, deputies with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 4700 Posey County Line Road in Vanderburgh County. A caller had reported that he had been shot in the stomach by his son. Posey County Sheriff’s Office deputies also responded to the scene. The victim had reportedly been driven to Deaconess Midtown by his wife. The suspect, later identified as Zachery T. Mueller, had fled the scene. Responding deputies located a rifle and a knife in the front yard of the residence. The residence was secured and detectives were notified.
The victim advised that he and Mueller began arguing over Mueller playing his music too loud. The argument escalated to a physical confrontation. The victim stated he then left with his wife for a short time to cool off. When they returned, Mueller was holding a rifle while standing outside the residence. The victim stated he took the weapon from Mueller and placed it in the car, intending for his wife to take it away from the residence. Mueller then retrieved the rifle from the car, pointed it at the victim and pulled the trigger. The victim stated that he left immediately with his wife to go to the hospital.
Zachery Mueller began making intermittent phone contact with his mother and then a negotiator with the Evansville Police Department, during which Mueller made suicidal comments. Mueller was also suspected of being in possession of a loaded handgun. Members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, including Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office deputies and an Indiana State Police trooper, located Mueller’s vehicle on SR 65. With the assistance of patrol deputies along with officers from the Evansville Police Department, Mueller was stopped in the parking lot of the Armstrong Recreation Center. Mueller was taken into custody without incident.
Mueller was transported to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office Operations Center and interviewed by detectives. He admitted to shooting his father, but claimed it was an accident. He did state that he had “blacked-out” with rage during the confrontation with his father.
Mueller was arrested and booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail where he will be held without bond pending a court appearance. The victim, who sustained a gunshot wound to his abdomen, is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.
Zachery Teipe Mueller (pictured above), 21, of Evansville. Attempted Murder as aLevel 1 Felony, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm as a Level 3 Felony, Domestic Battery with a Deadly Weapon as a Level 5 Felony, Domestic Battery as a Class A Misdemeanor
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