News and Tribune

April 12, 2013

Man arrested for firing fake gun into the air near Interstate 65

Motorists claimed man had pointed the firearm

By BRADEN LAMMERS
braden.lammers@newsandtribune.com

SELLERSBURG — Indiana State Police arrested a man who was believed to have been firing a handgun walking near Interstate 65 in Sellersburg.

According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin, shortly after noon police received a call that a man, later identified as Jimmy A. Hernandez, 26, from Sellersburg, was walking with what appeared to be a black handgun. Motorists in the area also contacted police and claimed Hernandez had pointed the firearm at them when they passed him on the roadway.

Several police agencies were responding to the scene when dispatchers reported to police that Hernandez had fired shots into the air.

“Troopers and other officers from several police departments immediately took the man into custody,” Goodin said in an email.

When Hernandez was arrested, police discovered the handgun he was believed to have been firing in the air was not real.

“The weapon he was pretending to fire not only looked like a real handgun, but also made a sound of a gun firing when you pulled the trigger,” Goodin said.

Hernandez was arrested for disorderly conduct, a class B misdemeanor, and taken to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex.