Second suspect arrested in Smithville shooting incident

Police have arrested a second man in connection with a shooting of a homeowner outside his Smithville residence on Jan. 23.

After being located and interviewed by a Monroe County Sheriff's Office detective on Jan. 30, Edward E. Deckard, 57, whose address is in the 8300 block of South Fairfax Road, was booked into the Monroe County Jail on three felony charges: attempted murder, robbery and criminal recklessness.

His alleged accomplice, 51-year-old Gary “Kevin” Robertson, was tracked down by a drone and police dog and arrested nearby the morning of the incident.

A news release from the sheriff's office says cell phone records documented Deckard's presence at the crime scene, and he reportedly admitted his involvement.

Police said Deckard took detectives to a rural area in the 8000 block of Strain Ridge Road, where they retrieved a loaded 12-gauge shotgun in a brush pile he said was used in the shooting.

More:Smithville homeowner shot after confronting men tampering with truck parked outside

About 4 a.m. on Jan. 23, a Smithville man called 911 to report he had been shot after confronting two men tampering with his pickup truck parked outside his residence.

The man sustained two gunshot wounds to the back that were non-life threatening, police said. The incident happened in the 7000 block of South Walnut Street in Smithville.

"When the victim opened his back door to confront the subjects he was shot," a news release from that day said.

Contact H-T reporter Laura Lane at or 812-318-5967.

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