Man Arrested for Overnight Shooting on Herndon Drive in Evansville

An Evansville man is behind bars after police say he admittedly shot at an occupied home on Herndon Avenue on Thursday.

Posted: Jun 24, 2021 12:57 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2021 8:56 PM

An Evansville man was arrested on Thursday after an early morning shooting incident at a home on Herndon Drive.

Officers responded to a home in the 1600 block of Herndon Drive sometime around 2:00 a.m. on Thursday after a 911 caller said 24-year-old Chad Minton had shot a bullet through her home.

Chad D. Minton, 24, of Evansville - Vanderburgh County Jail

Upon their initial investigation of the home, officers say they found damage to the home consistent with a gunshot. A 9mm shell casing was also located in the area, according to police.

The caller told authorities that Minton drove a red Chevy Cobalt and that he had texted her "watch your back" prior to the shot being fired. A nearby witness also told police that they saw a small red car driving in the area around the time of the shooting.

Police say they then visited Minton's home address, where he arrived in the red Chevy Cobalt a short time later. According to police, a 9mm handgun round consistent with the caliber and make of the shell casing found at the scene of the shooting was found inside Minton's vehicle.

While being interviewed at the EPD headquarters, police say Minton admitted to firing the round at the address on Herndon Drive - though he claimed he fired the handgun into the ground, not the house.

Olivia Robey, who owns the home and received the threatening text messages, told 44News, “It makes it hard to feel safe, to even know what I can do to protect myself. If I would've been at home, sitting on the couch where I normally am, I would've been dead. He would've shot me.”

Robey says she called 911 when she arrived at her home and found gunpowder on her couch pillows.

According to police, Minton said he threw the gun in a trash can somewhere along the way to his home address after the shooting took place, but that he wasn't sure exactly where he threw it.

Minton was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail and charged with Criminal Recklessness With a Deadly Weapon. He was released on Thursday.

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