An off-duty firefighter from Indianapolis, Indiana will not be charged for shooting his neighbor. His actions have been ruled self-defense. What began as a verbal confrontation ended in a hail of gunfire. The firefighter shot first, but only after the neighbor pulled a gun.
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The shooting has caused a bit of controversy. Some feel like the firefighter, Dean Keller, 49, is being protected by the city he works for. His neighbor, Jeffrey Weigle, 59, clearly drew his gun first, though, leading supporters to back his claims of self-defense.
Just what the two were fighting over remains unclear. Weigle (above) can be heard on the video calling Keller and his wife names. The two have fought in the past. A dispute about fences and dogs had even led to a fight.
In 2011 both men were arrested on battery charges. Keller (below) had been stabbed, and Weigle reportedly had scratches and bite wounds. But on June 27th, Weigle pulled a gun on Keller, and Keller pulled his own gun and shot him four times in the chest.
It is unclear if Weigle intended to use the gun, or if he was just brandishing it to scare off Keller. Yet Keller did not wait to see. He pulled his own gun, used a heavy fence post for cover, and fired numerous rounds into Weigle. Surprisingly, Weigle managed to return fire, and can even be seen standing and walking away at the end of the video.
Yet he has been hospitalized and may not survive. Keller clearly knew there was a possible threat, as he had installed a camera in the exact location of their disputed fence.
Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper told The Indy Star: “The decision to not file charges on Keller was a simple application of Indiana law and should not be looked upon as condoning the behavior of either party.”
“Given the aggression shown by Weigle it was reasonable for Keller to believe deadly force was necessary to prevent serious bodily injury to himself (and) his wife.”
Weigle rents a room from a neighbor, Nancy Phillips. It was her gun Weigle had taken into the yard that day. If he recovers, he may well face charges for his actions.