Investigators Need Public’s Help Finding Person of Interest In Roadside Shooting Case

(SELLERSBURG) – Indiana State Police detectives now have a “person of interest” regarding the roadside shooting, which occurred Wednesday evening near the O’Bannon Woods State Park. 

Timothy E. Sargent

Troopers are looking for 41-year-old Timothy E. Sargent from Ohio.  Sergeant is described as a white male, 5′-10″, 190lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes.  He is wanted out of Ohio for attempted murder and is a person of interest in a murder, both of which occurred earlier this week.  

Investigators would also like to speak with 20-year-old Savanna L. Emich, also from Ohio.  Savanna Emich is described as a white female, 5’06”, 245lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. 

Emich is believed to be traveling with Sargent. Both may still be in the silver 2000 Chevrolet Silverado with Indiana registration TK667LJB. 

If you see any of these individuals or observe the vehicle in question call 911 immediately and provide authorities with their location.  These individuals are considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. 

Police say Sargent and Emich are suspects in shooting two people while they were driving in rural Harrison County.

Around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday police were responded to State Road 462 and Old Forest Road after reports of a man being shot while driving his car near O’Bannon Woods State Park.  

An off- duty Corydon police officer who lived nearby was first on the scene.  DNR Conservation Officers and ISP Troopers soon arrived. 

Officers found a gray 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe with a Kentucky license crashed into the wood line on the east side of State Road 462.  The car was occupied by a family of three.  The male driver had been shot multiple times, and officers immediately rendered first aid.   A female front seat passenger had also been struck by gunfire.  The couple’s 16-year-old daughter who was in the rear passenger seat was not hit. 

The driver was flown to University Hospital in Louisville with life-threatening injuries. Both passengers were taken to the University of Louisville by ambulance. 

At this time, investigators believe the family had just left O’Bannon State Park after enjoying a hike, when, for an unknown reason, a white Dodge Avenger pulled up quickly behind the car with its high-beams on.  The Santa Fe pulled to the side of the highway and stopped to allow the vehicle to pass; however, the Avenger then pulled alongside the car, and an occupant fired multiple rounds into the Santa Fe. Investigators believe the driver of the Santa Fe then attempted to escape but crashed the car a short distance down the roadway. 

After the shooting, officers believe the driver of the Avenger fled the scene and abandoned the car in a cornfield approximately 15 miles away, near Carefree, Indiana.  The driver then stole a pickup truck parked at a nearby residence and fled the area.   

This investigation is ongoing.  Officers from the Indiana State Police were assisted by units from the Corydon Police Department, The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Harrison County EMS, and Conservation Officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.