7 Arrested In Terre Haute Officer’s Shooting Death

by Staff on July 15, 2011

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Dead Gunman Shaun SeeleyDetectives from the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post have arrested a total of seven people during an investigation into the shooting death of a Terre Haute Police Officer. ISP Detectives have been working nearly around the clock since Monday’s 3:27 p.m. shooting that left Brent D. Long dead and his K-9 partner “Shadow” injured.

The gunman, Shaun Seeley, pictured at right, was also killed.

Arrested were:

  • Heather M. Elkins, 22 (Seeley’s wife)
  • Roberta J. Utterback, 51 (cousin of Shaun Seeley)
  • Jesse E. Padgett II, 20 (cousin of Heather M. Elkins)
  • Brandy R. Smith, 18 (girlfriend of Jesse Padgett)
  • Charles James Elkins, 23 (brother of Heather Elkins)
  • Virginia D. Torres, 23 (girlfriend of Charles James Elkins)
  • Luke M. Green, 19 (friend)

Heather M. Elkins was charged with Resisting Law Enforcement and Maintaining a Common Nuisance, both Class D felonies.

Roberta J. Utterback, Jesse E. Padgett II, Charles James Elkins, and Virginia D. Torres were all charged with Resisting Law Enforcement and Visiting a Common Nuisance, both Class D felonies.

Luke M. Green was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, a Class D felony. He was arrested at the Putnamville Post after detectives allegedly found methamphetamine in his shirt pocket during questioning about the shooting.

Brandy R. Smith was charged with Visiting a Common Nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor. She was also arrested at the Putnamville post in the company of Luke M. Green.

ISP detectives believe that Heather M. Elkins, Roberta J. Utterback, Jesse E. Padgett II, Charles James Elkins, and Virginia D. Torres were all in the apartment at 1812 North 8th Street in Terre Haute as officers initially converged on the residence to serve an arrest warrant on Shaun Seeley. The five were allegedly hesitant to open the apartment door when officers knocked, failed to provide accurate and truthful information to the officers about Shaun Seeley being in the residence with weapons, and were using illegal drugs and in possession of drug paraphernalia just moments before the shooting.

“While these arrests cannot change the events of that fateful day, they will hopefully be a deterrent to others in the criminal environment, who fail to cooperate with law enforcement during tragic events.” –ISP Detective First Sergeant Jeff Hearon.

Leading the investigation are Hearon and Detective Jim Dungan. They have been assisted by other ISP Detectives, Troopers from the Putnamville Post, FBI Agents, members of the local FBI Street Crimes Task Force, US Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force, Terre Haute Police Department, and the Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be pending.

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