** UPDATE**  Persons of Interest in Custody 

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8014 Highway 311 
Sellersburg, IN 47172


FOR RELEASE: Upon Receipt

Sgt. Carey Huls
Public Information Officer


DATE: August 24, 2020

** UPDATE**  Persons of Interest in Custody 

 Monday, August 24, 2020:  The two Persons of Interest in the Harrison County Roadside shooting, which occurred on August 19, 2020, have been located. 

Timothy Sargent and Savanna Emich were taken into custody by South Dakota Authorities after allegedly being involved in a pursuit near Sioux Falls. 

Both Sargent and Emich are listed as Persons of Interest in the Harrison County shooting and are needed for questioning in that case.  Neither has been formally charged with any crime in Indiana, but Sargent is wanted for attempted murder in Ohio.  Sargent is also a person of interest in a second Ohio murder and a murder in West Virginia. 

The Indiana State Police in Sellersburg would like to thank the public for their assistance in attempting to locate both subjects as well as the 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck they were traveling in. 

More information will come as the investigation continues. 


Original news releases listed below:



Person of Interest in Roadside Shooting Case

Investigators need your help

  Sellersburg - Indiana State Police detectives now have a "person of interest" regarding the roadside shooting, which occurred Wednesday evening near the O'Bannon Woods State Park. 

The Indiana State Police in Sellersburg would like to locate and speak with Timothy E. Sargent from Ohio.  Timothy Sergeant is described as a white male, 41 years old, 5'-10", 190lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes.  Sargent is wanted out of Ohio for attempted murder and is a person of interest in a murder, both of which occurred earlier this week.  

Investigators would also like to speak with Savanna L. Emich, also from Ohio.  Savanna Emich is described as a white female, 20 years old, 5'06", 245lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes.  Emich is believed to be traveling with Sargent. Both may still be in the silver 2000 Chevrolet Silverado listed in the news release below.  A surveillance photo of the truck is also attached. The truck was last plated with Indiana registration TK667LJB.

If you see any of these individuals or observe the vehicle in question, please call 911 immediately and provide authorities with their location.  These individuals are considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. 

 ***Original Release***

 Harrison County - August 19, 2020:  Two people were shot while driving in their car in rural Harrison County, and Investigators are asking for your help in locating the suspect vehicle.

Around 9:15 Wednesday evening, police were dispatched to State Road 462 and Old Forest Road in southwest Harrison County after reports of a man being shot while driving his car near O’Bannon Woods State Park.   An off- duty Corydon police officer who lived nearby was first on the scene.  DNR Conservation Officers and ISP Troopers soon arrived.  Officers found a gray 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe with a Kentucky license crashed into the wood line on the east side of SR462.  The car was occupied by a family of three.  The male driver had been shot multiple times, and officers immediately rendered first aid.   A female front seat passenger had also been struck by gunfire.  A female passenger in the rear passenger seat was not hit.  The driver was flown to University Hospital (UofL) in Louisville with life-threatening injuries. Both passengers were taken to UofL by ambulance. 

At this time, investigators believe the family had just left O'Bannon State Park after enjoying a hike, when, for an unknown reason, a white Dodge Avenger pulled up quickly behind the car with its high-beams on.  The Santa Fe pulled to the side of the highway and stopped to allow the vehicle to pass; however, the Avenger then pulled alongside the car, and an occupant fired multiple rounds into the Santa Fe. Investigators believe the driver of the Santa Fe then attempted to escape but crashed the car a short distance down the roadway. 

After the shooting, officers believe the driver of the Avenger fled the scene and abandoned the car in a cornfield approximately 15 miles away, near Carefree, Indiana.  The driver then stole a pickup truck parked at a nearby residence and fled the area.   

At this time, Investigators are looking for a silver, 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck with Indiana registration TK667LJB.  Investigators have reason to believe more than one person may occupy the truck. If anyone observes this vehicle, they should call 911 immediately and inform authorities of its location.    Investigators warn not to approach the truck or its occupants as they are considered armed and dangerous.     

This investigation is ongoing.  Officers from the Indiana State Police were assisted by units from the Corydon Police Department, The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Harrison County EMS, and Conservation Officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.


Media Note

Photos of Persons of Interest and Vehicle Attached




“All subjects are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.”

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