Officials arrest Linton man on murder charge

GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Greene County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a man Monday in connection with a shooting death that happened Sunday just outside of Linton, Ind.

Investigators took into custody, Aaron Schaffer, 32, of Linton early Monday.

The arrest came following a Sunday night shooting that left Michael Bowers dead.

Authorities responded to a home on County Road 900 West, northeast of Linton Sunday.

It was not immediately clear how the men knew each other. “It’s rare here, we have a fairly quiet rural community, we don’t see a lot of this,” said Terry Pierce, Greene County Sheriff. The Sheriff noted this is the county’s first homicide of 2014. He also noted, it’s very uncommon for things like this to happen in remote areas of the county.  “There’s not too many houses around, maybe three or four houses in the area, two or three or four mile area.”

News 10 spoke to a few passersby in the immediate area of County Road 900 West, who stated they did not know the victim or suspect by name and didn’t know if they lived the area.

Investigators Monday were finishing up a probable cause affidavit which would be submitted to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office. Schaffer, according to officials, would likely appear in a Greene County Courtroom Tuesday. Schaffer is preliminarily charged with murder, and possession of a handgun without a license. News 10 will continue to follow this story.

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