Boyfriend Accused Of Breaking Into Home; Bullet Nearly Strikes Child

Posted On May 09, 2016


(Batesville, Ind.) – A gunshot fired inside a home near a young child led to a standoff with police in Batesville.

Officers were called to domestic disturbance on Columbus Avenue at about 12:20 a.m. Sunday. A woman told 911 dispatchers that he boyfriend had broken into her home and was intoxicated.

As they arrived at the scene, officers heard a woman scream before a gunshot went off. Corporal Dave Abel and Officer Chris Smith entered the residence and encountered Evan Freese armed with a 9mm handgun.

Freese, 26, was taken into custody after a brief standoff with the officers.

“The female told officers that during the altercation she ran to a bedroom where her small child was sleeping and held the door shut,” said Batesville Chief of Police Stan Holt.

According to the officers, Freese had fired a shot through a bedroom door. The bullet then struck a mattress on which a young child was sleeping.

Freese is now in the Ripley County Jail charged with Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm – Shooting into a Dwelling (level 5 felony).

Holt commended Corporal Able and Officer Smith for their actions in handling a very dangerous situation.

“Officers put their lives on the line every day to keep their communities safe.  Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured and the officers went home at the end of their shift,” Holt said.