NEW RICHMOND, Ind. (WLFI) - New Richmond residents are in shock after a deadly shooting.23-year-old Jacob Byrd is in the Montgomery County jail, chargedfor the alleged murder of his older brother, 26-year-old JacobByrd.
All was quiet in the small town of New Richmond, just one dayafter Jacob Byrd was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head,inside a house at 9018 North County Road 500 West. Some communitymembers couldn't believe a shooting could happen here.
"Coming from a small town, people expect these small towns to becomforting and everybody gets along," said Kyle Morris, who worksin New Richmond. "When something like this happens, this drastic,people really don't know what to do. They're not used to this typeof stuff out here in the country."
"Shocked. It's something you don't really hear of til herelately in New Richmond. I'm sure everybody takes a double take. Itstops you in your tracks thinking," said New Richmond residentBlake Harmon.
Just eight months ago another deadly shooting happened in theNew Richmond area. 30-year-old Heather Rush was shot and killed ata house in near New Richmond in March 2009. Residents say that twodeadly shootings are uncommon for a small community.
"Very unheard of for small towns," said Harmon.
"It may even cause people to think about where they are livingand they might change, they might leave the area if crime continuesto rise as it does in Lafayette," said Morris. "It is becoming anissue everywhere."
Montgomery County Sheriff Luther Blanton says the county is likea lot of others, and crime is no longer uncommon.
"The inner city crime is infiltrating out to the counties,"explained Blanton. "I think that is pretty noticeable. And a lot ofthe surrounding rural areas, a lot of people are moving out of thecities. Moving into the rural area. Obviously the crime has grown.Economy went down, crime rose. No doubt about it."
Chad Byrd is in custody facing a preliminary charge of murder.This is not Chad Byrd's first criminal charge. In April of 2005, hewas given a five-year sentence for his role in a scuffle with NewRichmond Town Marshal Mark Clapp. Clapp collapsed and died afterstruggling to arrest Chad Byrd in December of 2003.
A jury acquitted Chad Byrd of reckless homicide and involuntarymanslaughter, but convicted him of battery and resisting lawenforcement.
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