Shooting victim told neighbor ‘don’t do this’

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A Noblesville woman who says she was shot by her neighbor Monday afternoon spoke with 24-Hour News 8 after her release from the hospital.

The shooting happened near 191st Street and State Road 37 in the Meadows Glen subdivision. Tricia Wagner said the man who shot her was a friend for many years.

“I got the mail,” Wagner said. “It’s trash day. I turned around to pull in the trash can and he was coming at me. He had a gun at his side. I saw that. He pulled it up and shot me. I think I may have turned to run and it went through the backside and in my leg.”

Wagner immediately recognized the man as her neighbor.

“He then stood over me and was going to shoot me again, and I told him to think about what you’re doing and to don’t do this and you don’t want to do this,” she said.

Wagner said she then screamed for her husband, who brought her inside their garage where they called 911. The shooter barricaded himself in a home in what turned into a four-hour standoff.

“Our negotiators and patrol officers that arrived on the scene tried to establish communication with the person inside for a period of time,” Noblesville Police Department Lt. Bruce Barnes said.

Police say he stopped communicating about an hour into negotiations. They went inside the home and found him dead.

“I’m very, very sad that [he] felt he had to take his life,” she said. “I mean it was bad, but I wished he could have realized it wasn’t that bad. There was hope after that.”

Wagner said she can only assume he snapped and wasn’t in his right mind.

“I’m very lucky to be alive,” she said. “So I have great faith, and I know that God was with me.”

Police expect to release more information Tuesday about what happened, including the name of the shooter and how he died.

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