Man arrested following shooting at Clifty Falls State Park

MADISON – Detectives from the DNR Law Enforcement Division and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office officers are currently leading an investigation into a shooting incident at the parking lot near the North Gate of Clifty Falls State Park. 

The incident occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 28, when multiple 911 calls were received by dispatchers at approximately 2:48 p.m., reporting the shooting. Indiana Conservation Officers, along with officers from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Madison Police Department, swiftly responded to the scene.

Law enforcement successfully apprehended a suspect upon their arrival.

A deceased male, 47-year-old Joseph Renee Lane, of Carrollton, Georgia, was discovered near the parking lot with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.

John Dean McElwaney

The suspect, 33-year-old John Dean McElwaney, of Tallapoosa, Georgia, was booked into the Jefferson County Jail. He faces a preliminary charge of voluntary manslaughter, a Level 2 felony. Before being admitted to the jail, he underwent a medical evaluation.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources received collaborative support from several agencies in this investigation. Alongside the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Madison Police Department, and the Indiana State Police, assistance is being provided by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, Jefferson County 911/Central Dispatch, Jennings County 911/Central Dispatch, Norton King’s Daughters’ Hospital EMS, and the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office.