Arrests made in connection with morning shooting

EPD: shooting happened after men tried to rob drug dealer

Evansville Police have arrested two people in connection with a shooting which resulted in one injury on Wednesday morning.

Police were called to the 2300 block of W Virginia around 3:30 Wednesday morning for reports of shots being fired.

When police arrived, they said they found 20-year-old Tyler Flota with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Flota allegedly told police that he and another man, 18-year-old Chanze Merrick, had made arrangements to buy marijuana from a local drug dealer.

Both men arrived at the location armed with handguns, according to police.

Police said the two had agreed they would rob the drug dealer, thinking the drug robbery would not be reported to police.

Police said a juvenile and 18-year-old Kyle Fravel arrived in a vehicle for the allegedly planned deal.

According to police, Flota said he never displayed his gun but grabbed the marijuana and took off running.

Flota allegedly told police that as the two were running away, Fravel exited the car and shot at them.

Police said Fravel and the juvenile allegedly returned to their car and drove around the area – firing more shots at Flota and Merrick.

According to authorities, Flota admitted he fired shots at the car at least once.

Police recovered the gun used by Flota, which had recently been reported stolen in Evansville.

Flota was taken to a local hospital for treatment. His injuries are not life-threatening.

Officers located Fravel and the juvenile at Fravel's house. Both were taken into custody without incident.

The juvenile was charged with dealing marijuana and placed at the Youth Care Center.

Fravel was charged with battery with a firearm, possession of a weapon by a serious violent felon, and marijuana dealing.

Police said Fravel is on probation for his role in an armed home invasion robbery in Vanderburgh County in December of 2015.

In October of 2016, he was sentenced as an adult to six years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. He was released eight days ago after serving just one year of his six-year sentence.

When Flota is released from the hospital, authorities said he will face several charges related to the incident.

Merrick remains at large.

Anyone with information is asked to call EPD or the WeTip Hotline.

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(This story was originally published on Oct. 25, 2017)


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