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Did Loren Gary attempt to kill a Tippecanoe Co. Deputy?

A Tippecanoe County jury is trying to determine whether Loren Gary tried to kill Tippecanoe County Lt. Travis Dowell last year.

Posted: Jul. 11, 2018 6:54 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A Tippecanoe County jury is deciding the fate of a man accused of trying to kill a deputy.

Loren Gary, 46, is facing attempted murder, attempted battery by means of a deadly weapon, two counts of intimidation, pointing a firearm, and criminal recklessness.

But News 18's Kayla Sullivan reports Gary's defense attorney, Pat Manahan made the decision easier for the jury.

Manahan told jurors to go ahead and convict Gary of criminal recklessness and the intimidation charge regarding Gary's nephew, Jeramy Deboise.

Several people testified Gary threatened to shoot Jeramy Deboise in the shoulder earlier that night. 

That's why Tippecanoe County Lt. Travis Dowell was called to the home. 

In Dowell's dash cam video, jurors saw Gary positioned behind a car in the driveway.

Lt. Dowell was parked in the court standing outside his truck.

The video shows Gary fire his gun one time in Dowell's direction.

Ballistic evidence showed the bullet from Gary's gun hit Dowell's front license plate.

Dowell testified he was ready to shoot back but backup arrived and Gary ended up dropping his gun.

It took Gary a while to drop the gun and surrender.

The state argued Gary may have been trying to fire more shots during that time because evidence shows the gun was jammed at the time of collection.

However, prosecutors said only one shot was necessary to prove his intent to kill.

Defense argued it was dark, Gary was drunk, and not wearing his glasses.

But the state said being voluntarily intoxicated isn't a defense and there wasn't any testimony about the level of Gary's eyesight.

The jury is still deliberating at this time. News 18 will update this story as more information becomes available. 

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