Reward offered for information on North Vernon gun dealer’s death

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NORTH VERNON, Ind. (WISH) – Federal, state and county investigators are offering a reward for information leading to an arrest of those responsible for the death of a North Vernon firearms dealer Sunday.

According to 24-Hour News 8’s partners, The Columbus Republic, Scott Maxie, 61, a Cummins retiree, was found dead at about 9:30 p.m. in his Muscatatuck Outdoors shop in North Vernon.

The shop, located at 8485 W. County Road 200S, North Vernon, is just east of the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. The shop was part of Maxie’s home.

Maxie had as many as 200 guns in his shop, according to gun dealer John Durham of John’s Gun and Tackle, North Vernon, who knew Maxie.

Numerous firearms, both handguns and long guns, are believed to have been stolen from the shop, police said.

The the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information about the homicide and robbery.

To provide information, call (800) 283-4867. All calls will be kept confidential.

To leave information anonymously, call the ATF field office at  317-287-3500, the Indiana State Police at  812-689-5000 or the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office at 812-346-8642.

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