Domestic dispute ends in shots fired, one injured woman and her husband detained

DUGGER – On Monday, February 20th at approximately 5:30 p.m., Sullivan County Prosecutor Ann Mischler contacted the Indiana State Police Post Criminal Investigation Division requesting assistance with an alleged shooting that had occurred at 7681 East Laughlin Street in Dugger after a report of a domestic dispute between a husband and wife.  

Detectives arrived at the scene and found probable cause to believe the victim, 31-year-old Jessica Hambrick, of Dugger, had been shot.  Allegedly there was a verbal and physical altercation between Hambrick and her husband, 35-year-old Frank E. Hambrick Jr., also of Dugger, which resulted in a struggle over a weapon. 

Frank Hambrick

The struggle resulted in the weapon discharging with Jessica Hambrick being struck.  Immediately following the shooting, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department and Dugger Town Marshall responded to the residence and provided medical assistance, securing the scene.

Sullivan County emergency medical personnel attended to Jessica Hambrick, and she was immediately transported to an Indianapolis hospital via air ambulance for treatment of her injuries.  These injuries are non-life threatening.  

Through the course of the investigation, detectives arrested Frank Hambrick Jr. and he was transported to the Sullivan County Jail without incident.  

The investigation is being conducted by Indiana State Police detectives, Angie Hahn, Don Curtis, and Jason Schoffstal with the assistance of Lieutenant Jeff Hearon, CSI Sergeant Michael Organ, and CSI Sergeant Tim Rader of the Putnamville State Police Post.  

Assisting Agencies:  Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, Dugger Town Marshall, Shelburn Town Marshall, Sullivan County Department of Child Services and Susie’s Place.

This is an active and ongoing Indiana State Police investigation.  There is no further information to release at this time.  Upon completion of their investigation, Indiana State Police detectives will submit a full report of the incident to the Sullivan County Prosecutor’s Office for review.   

Arrested and Preliminary Charges:  Frank E. Hambrick Jr., 35, Dugger

  • Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon, Felony 5
  • Neglect of Dependent, Felony 6