From Decatur County Sheriff Bill Meyerrose
On November 12, 2023 at approximately 11:03 PM, deputies from the Decatur County
Sheriff’s Dept. were dispatched by Decatur County Communications to 6571 S. County
Road 150 E. on the report of a battery that occurred between family members. The
victim had left the residence and went to another residence.
Upon arriving at the residence where the victim was now located, Deputy Keith Lawson
met with the victim who advised that Bryce D. Wesseler had battered him by slapping
him on the face, putting his arms around him and forcibly putting him onto a couch and also
broke a finger on the victim’s hand. Deputy Lawson was able to observe that the victim
had a swollen, red face and his hand and arms were bleeding.
Deputies Austin Petro, Brandon Jones and Curt Harry, along with Deputy Lawson went
to the residence of Wesseler. Wesseler allowed deputies into his residence where they
spoke with Wesseler in the kitchen. While speaking with Wesseler, he allegedly grabbed an edged
knife, approximately ten inches in length from a countertop. Wesseler then appeared to
take a stance in which he was going to fight, with the knife in his hand. Following
deputies orders to drop the knife, Wesseler finally placed the knife back onto the counter.
Wesseler was then advised that he was under arrest and a fight ensued while trying to get
him handcuffed. Wesseler was finally handcuffed and transported to the Decatur County
Upon examination of the knife, it was determined that it was a plastic knife with a very
Wesseler has been charged on allegations involving:
Intimidation as a Level 5 Felony
Domestic Battery as a Level 6 Felony, and
Resisting Law Enforcement as a Level 6 Felony
Under Indiana law, defendants are presumed to be innocent unless, and until they are
proven guilty in a court of law.