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Conservation officers: Man arrested for firing gun in state park campground
Updated on: 07.30.13

A Franklin man has been arrested after campers in Brown County State Park reported hearing him fire a handgun.

Ken Takamure, 22, Franklin, is being held in the Brown County jail on preliminary charges of criminal recklessness with a firearm, a Class D felony, and possession of a handgun without a permit, a Class A misdemeanor.

At about 10 p.m. Monday, July 29, a group of campers noticed a man acting strange and carrying a handgun, Indiana conservation officers reported in a news release. As they left the campsite to report him to the campground gatehouse, they heard the man fire the gun.

It is unclear how many times the gun was fired. No one was hit by the gunfire and no property was damaged.

Takamure was taken into custody by conservation officers and Brown County sheriff’s deputies without incident.

According to dispatch radio traffic, about 10 campers left the campground and went to Abe Martin Lodge, where they were met by officers, who gathered statements.

“Brown County State Park is Indiana’s most visited state park," Indiana Conservation Officer Jeff Atwood said in a news release. "I have been working this area for over 30 years, and this is the first time I have ever dealt with this type of situation.”

It is legal to carry a handgun in the state park, Atwood said.

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Melody L. Estes, 56, North Vernon
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Geneva Holder, 88, Sebring, Florida
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Larry D. Underwood, 53, Columbus
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