The Johnson County prosecutor said he doesn’t have enough information to know whether a man committed a crime when he shot the president of a Whiteland social club and accidentally shot his own girlfriend.
He is asking the Whiteland Police Department to investigate further, based on reports from a private investigator hired by the suspect.
Greenwood resident William Doug Rees, 50, is saying he fired in self-defense. He was arrested on two charges of criminal recklessness with a firearm after shooting an unarmed man who asked him to leave the Johnson County Eagles Lodge and also his own girlfriend, who was shot by accident, according to police.
Rees’ attorney, Dan Vandivier, said the lodge president had threatened Rees in the parking lot and charged at him. A police report said the president asked Rees to leave and followed him to the parking lot to make sure he did, when Rees pulled a gun and started shooting.
Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper said that, at this point, he does not have enough evidence to prove that Rees did not fire in self-defense in the July 8 shooting. He’s reviewed a police report and also witness interviews from a private detective Rees hired.