A man was taken to an Indianapolis hospital after being found earlier this week near a local sidewalk with a bullet wound, and police are seeking clues about what led up to that discovery.

Shortly before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, first-shift patrol officers for Richmond Police Department were sent to a “man down” call in the 600 block of South Fifth Street.

Jeremy Dewayne Butler, 43, was found in the grass between the street and sidewalk, according to a news release from Capt. Curt Leverton.

Butler had an altered level of consciousness and was unable to provide officers or medical personnel with any information, Leverton said. He had blood on his face and his right shoulder area.

It was learned Butler had a bullet wound to his right shoulder area. He was transported to Reid Health for his injuries and then transferred to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. A few hours later, Butler was reported to be in stable condition.

RPD investigators are assisting, but Leverton said information is very limited on Tuesday afternoon because they haven’t been able to talk with Butler, and no witnesses have been located.

Butler was seen in the 1000 block of South Fifth Street before being found in the 600 block, indicating he had been traveling north.

RPD is asking anyone with information or who might have seen Butler in the area to call 765-983-7247 to share any details.

Leverton said no disturbance calls or shots fired calls were reported prior to Butler’s discovery.


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Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.