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Deputies arrest 2nd suspect in robbery, shooting of Monroe County man

Edward Deckard, 57, and his accomplice Gary "Kevin" Robertson, 51, are accused in the robbery and shooting of a Smithville man on Monday, Jan. 23.

SMITHVILLE, Ind. — Police arrested a second suspect accused in a shooting in Monroe County that wounded a Smithville man. 

Edward Deckard, 57, and his accomplice Gary "Kevin" Robertson, 51, are behind bars for their roles in a shooting on Monday, Jan. 23 in the 7000 block of South Walnut Street in Smithville.

Robertson was arrested the morning of the shooting, but Deckard remained at large for about a week. 

Deputies were called to the shooting at 4:05 a.m. after a 911 caller told dispatchers that two people were tampering with his pickup truck in his driveway. 

When the victim opened his back door to confront the men, he was shot.

The man had two non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to his back, and he was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital. 

Investigators said the victim and the suspects knew each other and that the victim gave investigators a description of the suspects to help track them down. 

Using a drone and K-9 to search the surrounding area, deputies found Robertson trying to hide on South Fairfax Road. He was surrounded, taken into custody and then interrogated about the shooting.

Deputies say Robertson had methamphetamine on him and he was arrested for drug possession and resisting law enforcement. He was later released and then arrested again a week later, when Deckard was arrested and new evidence came to light. 

On Monday, Deckard was arrested and interrogated by investigators who showed him cellphone evidence tat they say confirmed Deckard's involvement in the crime. 

That cell phone evidence also led to Robertson being arrested again on additional charges. 

Deckard cooperated and agreed to take detectives to a rural area outside of Smithville to retrieve the shotgun he used.  

The loaded 12-gage shotgun was found in a brush pile along the 8000 block of Strain Ridge Road.   

Deckard is facing charges of attempted murder, robbery and criminal recklessness. 

Robertson is facing charges of robbery and criminal recklessness. 

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