Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office News Release - July 30, 2012
Arrest: Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm
On Monday, July 30, 2012 at approximately 4:30am, deputies were dispatched to Hornebrooke Apartments in regards to shots being fired. When Sgt. Chad Howard and Deputy Tony Toopes arrived, they located a male subject standing in the parking lot. The subject, identified as Jason Joshua Leasure, was bleeding from the right leg. Leasure had already taken first aid measures on his leg and had restricted the blood flow. I was determined the gun shot wound was not life-threatening.
When Deputy Toopes questioned Leasure on how he was injured, Leasure initially stated an unknown black male dressed in black, came into his apartment and shot him. Sgt. Howard then questioned Leasure about the empty gun holster on his belt. Leasure again stated he did not have a gun and was shot by a black male. Sgt. Howard then went to the apartment where the shooting occurred.
Sgt. Chad Howard then questioned some of the individuals who were inside the aparment when Leasure was shot. Two of the witnesses stated Leasure had been playing with the handgun and was demonstrating a "quick draw" movement when the handgun went off and shot Leasure in the leg. One of the witnesses then took the handgun and hit it under a mattress in the bedroom. The witness was afraid Leasure would hurt someone else with the handgun because he had been drinking. This was confirmed by others in the apartment that had seen Leasure drinking.
When Deputy Toopes questioned Leasure again regarding the information he received from witnesses, Leasure admitted he was playing around with the handgun when he shot himself in the leg and there was no other suspect involved.
After Leasure was treated at an area hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound, he was transported to the Vanderburgh County Confinement Center where he was arrested for Criminal Recklessness - Class C Felony and False Reporting - Class B Misdemeanor.
Jason Joshua Leasure
w/m 28 years of age
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