Suspect apprehended in a shooting in Bartholomew County

From the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department

On 06/02/2023 at approximately 10:49 AM the Sheriff’s Office was notified that the silver Chevrolet
HHR allegedly being driven by Robbie Perez was westbound on E King St near its intersection with
Interstate 65 in Johnson County. Franklin Police Department was able to locate the vehicle and
attempted to stop the vehicle.

A vehicle pursuit ensued during which Robbie Perez was taken into custody. Robbie Perez was found to
be suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the end of the pursuit. He was transported to
Eskenazi Hospital for evaluation/treatment. The vehicle was processed by crime scene technicians
during which a firearm was located inside the vehicle.

At this time the investigation has revealed that the family dispute which culminated in the shooting
centered around a long term feud between Robbie Perez and George Perez Jr the 36yo victim, the two
are brothers. George has since been released from the hospital. The 3yo victim, George’s son, remains
in the hospital in critical condition. It had previously been reported that the juvenile was 2 years old
however he is in fact 3 years old.

At this time Robbie Perez is under arrest on two counts alleging aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

This is a preliminary investigation. All persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Assisting Agencies: Hope Police Department, Indiana State Police, Columbus Police Department, Franklin
Police Department, Shelbyville Police Department, Columbus Regional Hospital EMS, Hope Vol. Fire
Department, Rush County Sheriff’s Office.

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