Barking dog dispute leads to attempted murder charge

Perry County – A late-night dispute between neighbors over a barking dog resulted in the arrest of Tyler Richardson, 32, of St. Croix, for attempted murder and several other felony offenses.

According to investigators from the Jasper Indiana State Police Post, police responded to a residence located at 12095 State Route 62 in St. Croix at about 11:50 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, after a verbal argument between neighbors about a barking dog ended with gunfire and a family member being seriously injured. 

According to police investigators, Richardson confronted his neighbors about their barking dog. At one point during the confrontation, James Morris, 32, of Tell City, walked toward the property line and was allegedly shot by Richardson with a handgun.

Police reported Morris was unarmed and was visiting his in-laws at the property next to Richardson’s.

Three other adults and two children were nearby when the shooting occurred.

Morris was transported to Harrison County Hospital by family members before being airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital where he is currently being treated for gunshot wounds.

Richardson is currently in the Perry County Jail on preliminary charges of Level 1 felony attempted murder, Level 3 felony aggravated battery, Level 5 felony battery with a deadly weapon, Level 5 felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury, Level 6 felony criminal recklessness and Level 6 felony pointing a firearm.

Perry County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Natural Resources and the Perry County Prosecutor assisted in the incident.