(BLOOMINGTON) – The Bloomington Police Department found an explosive device in a residence in the 1400 block of North Grant Street Saturday night.
According to Bloomington Police Department Captain Ryan Pedigo, officers went to the home at 8:55 p.m. after a report of shots fired.
When police arrived they learned 37-year-old Christopher Lynch and a 21-year-old male had gotten into a fight and Lynch allegedly pointed a AR-15 rifle at the man.
“Christopher Lynch went into his bedroom and retrieved an AR-15 style rifle and pointed it at the victim. The victim reported that he then grabbed the gun and the two began to struggle and, at one point, the gun was fired, and the victim said he was also struck in the head by some part of the gun during the struggle. The victim then ran out of the house,” said Capt. Pedigo in a media statement.
“Officers arrived and secured the scene and began interviewing parties involved. Officers observed blood near the front door of the residence, so they performed a protective sweep of the residence to ensure that there were no other victims inside. While doing so, officers observed a rifle magazine in plain view as well as a spent shell casing on the living room floor, along with what appeared to be a bullet hole in a living room window,” according to Capt. Pedigo.
Officers then secured a search warrant for the home. Officers found numerous spent .22 caliber shell casings in the residence and a large bullet hole in a window.
“In the attic space of the residence, officers located a partially disassembled rifle that matched the description provided by the victim. Further, officers located a backpack that had what appeared to be an explosive device. The residence was therefore evacuated and the Indiana State Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team was contacted to remove the device. The device was eventually rendered safe and removed by ISP EOD. EOD members advised investigators that the device was fully armed and ready to detonate,” said Capt. Pedigo.
Police did not provide any further information on the size or why Lynch had the explosive device, or what he intended to do with it.
Officers arrested Lynch on a felony charges of possession of a destructive device, possession of a regulated explosive by a convicted felon, battery with a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, intimidation with a deadly weapon, and pointing a firearm.
He was then transported to the Monroe County Jail.