Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff provides update on Cypress Dale Rd. shooting victims

VCSO identifies victims, suspect in deadly shooting
Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff provides update on Cypress Dale Rd. shooting victims
Published: Feb. 27, 2023 at 5:55 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 1, 2023 at 8:49 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office confirms one person has been found shot in the road on Cypress Dale Road and South Happe Road.

VCSO says a second victim was found dead inside a home near the intersection of Cypress Dale Road and South Happe Road.

Dispatch says the call came in Monday at 4:43 p.m.

During a press conference Tuesday, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Noah Robinson explained a 17-year-old called police to tell them what happened.

According to the sheriff’s office, the 17-year-old told detectives that he and 18-year-old Austin Ousley were in the home taking pictures.

Deputies say Chad and Shawn Wildt went to the home to confront the two suspects for trespassing. The situation escalated, which resulted in both Chad and Shawn being shot.

Sheriff Robinson explained that after Chad was shot, he ended up out in the street, and that was where a passerby saw him and called 911.

In the beginning of the call, the passerby says, “I’ve got a medical emergency. There’s a man down. He’s bleeding tremendously.”

Both the juvenile and Ousley ran from the scene after the shooting occurred.

Deputies say the 17-year-old reached out to authorities roughly 20 minutes after the incident to explain what had happened.

“These guys roll up and block our truck, and they come in really, really like aggressive, and they hit my buddy and they punch him and stuff, and the other dude comes in and gets really aggressive. I’m standing back, I don’t want anything to do with it. Basically, he pulled his firearm out and shot both of them,” said the juvenile in his call to 911.

Officials confirmed when deputies arrived on scene, they found Shawn dead. Chad was found alive with a gunshot wound to his face, and taken to the hospital.

On Wednesday, Sheriff Robinson told 14 News that Chad is responding to treatment as well as can be expected given the severe nature of his injuries.

VCSO says later Ousley sent a message over social media to the juvenile claiming that he was responsible for the shooting. Later, the juvenile went to police about the incident.

The Evansville Police Department says they found Ousley behind a business near Morgan Avenue and North Boeke Road with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face. He was taken to the hospital to be treated.

In an update on Wednesday, Sheriff Robinson says Ousley sustained permanent brain damage and remains in critical condition.

Sheriff Robinson says the juvenile is currently in custody.

You can watch the full press conference below.

VCSO providing update on deadly Cypress Dale Road shooting