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Rush Co. Man Critical After Blast to Face
March 7, 2007 - A shotgun blast to the face has left a rural Rush County man hospitalized in critical condition, while the man believed to have pulled the trigger has bonded out of jail.
According to Detective Captain Jim Owens of the Rush County Sheriff's Department, 30-year old Lowell Nathan Price shot 38-year-old Rodney Polston in the face with a 12-guage shotgun Sunday afternoon at about 4 p.m. The incident occurred at 4639 N. CR 550-W, Rushville, where Owens said the two men live with Mary Price, who he identified as Lowell's mother and Polston's girlfriend.
"There was a confrontation between the two and it escalated to the shooting," Owens said. "At this point, we're still trying to figure out the details."
Owens told The Banner that Polston was transported from the scene of the shooting to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis by Lifeline helicopter. Tuesday evening, Methodist reported that Polston was in critical, but stable condition.
Price, who Owens said was at the residence when police responded to the shooting, was arrested Sunday afternoon on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a Class B felony; criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, a Class C felony; and battery, a Class C felony. Owens said Price posted a $60,000 surety bond, however, and was released from the Rush County Jail on Monday.
Owens said the sheriff's department is still investigating the incident, and that it could be next week before formal charges are filed against Price. Anyone with information about this case can contact Owens at (765) 932-2931.
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