By Mike Perleberg
(Greendale, Ind.) - A fight over a broken auto part led to a shot being fired in Greendale last week.
Donny Berry Mermon, 54, and Michael David Johnson, 39, both of Greendale, were working on Johnson’s car at his home on the 18900 block of State Road 1 on Thursday, September 19, according to a Greendale Police officer’s detailing of the investigation in a court affidavit. Mermon was dating Johnson’s mother.
At some point during the repair project, the two men began to argue. The argument outside the residence evolved into a physical altercation. Johnson’s mother was hit in the eye while attempting to break up the fight. Johnson allegedly attempted to strangle Mermon, although officers noted that Mermon had no marks on his neck consistent with being strangled.
The fight escalated further when Johnson obtained a machete and threw it into the ground. He then allegedly stated he would cut off Mermon’s head.
Mermon responded by retrieving a shotgun from inside the home. He told police he fired the shotgun into the air, but Johnson said it had been fired at his feet. Officers found a shotgun shell in the yard and the .410 shotgun – loaded with three shells – hidden beneath a couch inside the home.
Officers tried to place Mermon under arrest, but he allegedly resisted, forcing one of the officers to the ground. Once in custody, officers said they found on Mermon an unmarked pill bottle containing various painkillers. He could not provide officers with a proof of prescription for the pills.
Mermon is charged with Intimidation (Class C felony), Criminal Recklessness (Class D felony), Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury (Class A misdemeanor), Resisting Law Enforcement (Class A misdemeanor), and three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Class D felonies).
Johnson was also arrested. He faces charges of Intimidation (Class C felony), Strangulation (Class D felony), and Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury (Class A misdemeanor).
Both men remain in jail at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center as of Tuesday.