Victim of August shooting arrested on drug charges


A Seymour man who was shot earlier this year was arrested Monday on drug dealing charges after officers oversaw purchases from him, police report.

Deldrake Antonio Ealy, 48, faces three preliminary Level 4 felony charges of dealing heroin after an investigation between June and October. The investigation involved multiple controlled purchases, police said.

Officers with the narcotics team said police purchased drugs from Ealy at multiple locations throughout Seymour.

He was arrested around 8 p.m. in the 300 block of Central Park Avenue by Officer Kevin Settle.

It’s at least the 13th time this year Seymour police have arrested someone after purchasing drugs from them through a confidential informant.

Ealy was shot with a 9 mm handgun by Cory Pollard, who now lives in Anderson, on the evening of Aug. 3 in Seymour. Pollard was originally charged with attempted murder, but charges were later reduced to a Level 3 felony of aggravated battery with a substantial risk of death.

Pollard was released on a $5,000 bond Aug. 21, according to court records.

Witness told police Pollard and Ealy shoved each other in a black sport utility vehicle while parked at a stoplight at the intersection of Tipton and South O’Brien streets.

The altercation escalated, and Ealy exited the vehicle, and Pollard then shot him once in the lower left side and left the scene, police said.

Ealy was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour and then airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital. A witness to the shooting was credited with following Pollard until police could arrest him.

Ealy was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 8:06 p.m. Monday without bond pending his initial hearing.

A Level 4 felony is punishable between two and 12 years upon conviction. The advisory sentence is three years.

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