Press Release

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and Hope Police Department were dispatched to the 2000 block of Neal Drive in Hope at about 8:20 a.m., today in regards to a reported shooting.

Central Dispatch advised that a woman, later identified as Linda Venable, 68, of Hope, had been shot in the chest with a small caliber firearm by her husband, Thomas Venable, 70, of Hope, .

When officers arrived on scene, the victim of the shooting was alert and talking with officers and medics. She was transported by Lifeline helicopter to  University of Louisville Hospital. She is reported to be stable at this time, but is going to be admitted to the hospital for her injuries.

Thomas Venable, was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for jail clearance and later taken to Bartholomew County Jail and booked for the following charges: Attempted Murder, Level I Felony.

This is a preliminary investigation. All persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. This is an ongoing investigation. At this time there is no further information to include.

“This is an unfortunate event that occurred here in a peaceful neighborhood. I’m very proud of our Sheriff’s Office, local law enforcement and all emergency responders for the quick response to this incident,” says Major Chris Lane, with the sheriff's department.

Primary investigating officer is BCSD Detective Lt. Chad Swank. Assisting agencies include Hope Police Department, Columbus Regional Hospital, Hope Fire Department and IU Health Lifeline Helicopter.