Details of murder investigation released

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The arrest of a Seymour man on a murder charge Thursday morning stems from an incident that started with a report of a second man who had been shot in the abdomen.

Jeremiah Christopher Oliger, 32, of Seymour has been held without bond at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown as part of the investigation into the death of Lelan-Eric W. Sharp, 22, of North Vernon, according to a news release from Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer.

Police learned Sharp had been shot when dispatchers received a call at 4:51 a.m. from a female who said a motorist had stopped her vehicle and asked her to call 911 because there was a male in the vehicle who had been shot, Meyer said.

The caller told police she had been stopped by the motorist carrying Sharp while driving in the 7700 block of County Road 875E on the city’s far north side.

Officers and personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services responded and found a man, later identified as Sharp, with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, Meyer said.

Sharp was treated at the scene by medical personnel and taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour before being transported by EMS to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. The hospital later notified the sheriff’s department Sharp had died from his injuries.

After talking with witnesses, detectives conducting the investigation were able to determine the shooting had taken place at a residence in the 8000 block of North County Road 925E in Seymour, Meyer said.

A search warrant was obtained for that address, and police later were able to develop probable cause leading to Oliger’s arrest, Meyer said.

County Detective Sgt. Stan Darlage was assisted by officers with the Seymour Police Department and Indiana Conservation Law Enforcement and officials with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.