Unsettling case of gun being shot near apartments leads to man’s arrest PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 08:37

An 18-year-old Austin man is now facing a felony charge of criminal recklessness while armed with a deadly weapon after investigation of a strange case that happened at an apartment complex early in the morning on December 1.

Darin S. Hall is the suspect being held in lieu of a $50,000 corporate surety/$5,000 cash bail. Hall, whose address is on Factory Drive near the apartment complex, has tentatively been identified as the individual who shot at the nearby complex on Red Oak Way.

Austin Patrolman Robert Garza was joined by sheriff’s deputies Rex Herald and James Shelton when a 9-1-1 call was received reporting shots fired outside an apartment at 3:46 a.m.

Searching the area, Deputy Herald spoke with Hall, who was found in the yard at his residence. Hall told the officer he was awakened by shots outside his bedroom window.

The officers attempted to find evidence, despite darkness and rain, but were unsuccessful.

At 4:17 a.m., Hall called dispatchers and reported that a man with a gun in his hand  had come to his back door. He said he saw the man run toward the apartments. Officers on the scene in less than a minute but again could not find anyone. Hall gave the officers a description of the man and said he believed the individual had a .357 Magnum revolver.

At 4:44 a.m., Hall called the dispatch center to report the man had returned and shot at his home. This time, other people in the apartment complex had also called, reporting shots fired nearby.

Apartment residents providing witness statements identified the person as Hall, the probable cause affidavit related. A couple said they saw a man come out of Hall’s home and shoot a “...long gun...” After he shot the weapon twice, they said the man then walked around in the backyard with a gun and a flashlight and kept entering and then exiting the house by its back door. While at the apartment property, officers said they too witnessed Hall exiting the house carrying a long barrel gun and flashlight. When contact with made with Hall, he reportedly denied having shot the gun but Deputy Shelton said that it smelled of freshly-burned gunpowder. Hall said his brother had used the gun recently. A mark tracing the path of a bullet traveling toward the apartments was found in the backyard.

Hall reportedly became upset when he was placed under arrest, but he was eventually transported to the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg and booked.

Additional evidence was found in the yard after 9 a.m. that same morning indicating a weapon had been discharged there, court documents stated.

A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for Hall on Tuesday, December 2, in Scott Superior Court for the criminal recklessness charge as well as a Class C misdemeanor charge of illegal consumption of alcohol. Judge Marsha Owens Howser forwarded the case to the Public Defenders’ Board for appointment of an attorney to assist Hall in his defense.     A jury trial is scheduled for February 26.