A man told police that he didn’t get along with a man he shot and wounded outside a Whiteland social club.
Police have given the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office a report on the July 8 shooting in the parking lot of the Johnson County Eagles Lodge. Six witnesses told police that Greenwood resident William Doug Rees, 50, started shooting after he was asked to leave the private club at 564 N. Front St., according to the police report.
Rees shot an unarmed man who hadn’t touched him and was at least 15 feet away from him and also fired a wild round that accidentally hit his girlfriend, Whiteland police officer Jason Davis said.
The prosecutor now will decide what, if any, charges to file. Rees’ attorney said he shot in self-defense, but police disagree.
“If you fire, you have to fire in self-defense,” Davis said. “There was no justification. You always have to try to get away before you utilize a gun.”
Whiteland Police Department officers were just a few hundred feet away at a go-kart accident scene when the gunshots rang out. They quickly arrested Rees on two charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.
Police got a search warrant to take a blood sample, fingerprints and gunshot residue. The results are not back yet, Davis said.
Rees hired a private investigator, who interviewed nine people who were inside the lodge or in the parking lot of the social club at the time of the shooting, Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper said. He said he will evaluate evidence from both police and the private investigator when deciding whether to file any criminal charges.