Rural Gosport Man Charged With Three Counts Of Attempted Murder
A rural Gosport man faces three counts of attempted murder after reportedly chasing a neighboring family into their home and firing shots into the house with intent to kill.
Officers from the Monroe and Owen county sheriff’s departments responded to the scene at 8516 West Hedrick Road after a report of a gunfire exchange between two neighbors at 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday.
Officers located victims John and Kimberly McGuire, along with their 12-year-old son, who were not injured. Suspect Robert Lewis Walp was located a short time later a few doors down the road, bleeding from the head and left shoulder blade caused by broken glass being shattered in a vehicle he had fled the scene in.
According to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Monroe County Sheriff’s Department Detective Shawn Karr, detective Jennifer Allen conducted an interview with Walp at IU Health-Bloomington Hospital. Walp said he believed the family were Islamic Muslim terrorists and had been performing rituals. Walp also said he intended to ‘take care of them, because the police didn’t.’
Detective Karr was told by John McGuire that he and his family were preparing to leave their home Tuesday night for a school function when they heard a large vehicle coming up their driveway.
Walp drove a tri-axle dump truck to the McGuire home and exited the vehicle armed with a 12-guage shotgun before chasing the family through a detached garage and to the home before firing a shot through a glass window.
Walp proceeded to go to the front of the home and fired shots through all front windows, according to the probable cause affidavit.
“I later noted he was not just spraying the house, he was intentionally trying to shoot the occupants of the home through the windows. His shot placement was deliberate,” Karr said in the affidavit.
After emptying his shotgun, Walp ran back to his truck and began to back down the driveway when McGuire exited the home with his own shotgun and fired one round at the suspect. Walp was not hit by the shot, but was injured by broken glass from the truck’s windows.
“As I was processing the scene, it was obvious to me the suspect was intentionally trying to kill the victims,” Karr said in the affidavit. “All of his shots were well placed through the windows at or just below chest height.”
McGuire also noted that a neighbor had informed him that Walp had previously stated earlier in the day of his intent to kill the family and said he had been talking about the family for the past couple of weeks.
The Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office has formally filed three counts of attempted murder, a Class A-Felony, against Walp. As of early Friday morning he remained incarcerated in the Monroe County Security Center without bond.
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