By Dave Pearce
The Posey County Sheriff’s Department is investigating altercations which ultimately led to two men being transported to the hospital suffering injuries on July 29. The injuries are alleged to have been inflected by a knife.
Derrick Demarco Armstead faces a myriad of charges in this incident but even more seriously, now faces the charge of being a Habitual Offender. Armstead has accumulated at least two (2) prior unrelated Felony convictions unrelated to the felonies charged in these Counts. Armstead was convicted on February 12, 1992, and sentenced on February 27, 1992, in Vanderburgh County Circuit Court, of a felony charge of Voluntary Manslaughter, a Class A Felony, which was committed on or about 1990.
Armstead was convicted and sentenced on April 14, 2009, in the Vanderburgh County Circuit Court, of a Felony charge of Operating a Motor Vehicle while intoxicated on or about December 6, 2008.
On Monday, July 29, at approximately 7:56 p.m., Posey County Dispatch Center received a call requesting emergency assistance at Twin Lake Mobile Home Park, in rural southeastern Posey County. First responders arrived at approximately 8:11 p.m., and found the two injured men at a residence on Cougar Drive. The injured men were identified as Chris Bradshaw (age 29) and Larry Bradshaw (age 66).
Information gained at the scene identified Derrick Demarco Armstead (age 41), as the individual who had inflected the injuries to both men. Investigators believe that Armstead and Chris Bradshaw quarreled in front of Bradshaw’s home after Bradshaw shouted at a car that Armstead was riding in. Bradshaw had made a comment about the speed the vehicle was traveling. Armstead exited the vehicle and verbally engaged the younger Bradshaw. Armstead then walked away.
Shortly after that incident, at another location within the mobile home complex, Armstead confronted Larry Bradshaw, who is a maintenance man at the property. Larry Bradshaw was driving his truck performing maintenance duties, when Armstead approached him and refused to move on. A verbal confrontation ensued and escalated to the point of physical contact when Armstead allegedly brandished a knife and inflected multiple injuries to Bradshaw. It is believed that Chris Bradshaw was able to see this altercation take place from some distance and ran to the aid of his father. He also engaged Armstead physically, and he received numerous knife wounds in that confrontation.
Both victims were able to escape and retreat to Chris Bradshaw’s home and called 911. The Bradshaws were then transported to Deaconess Hospital for treatment. Armstead was arrested at the scene and transported to the Posey County Jail. Armstead is being held on one count of attempted murder, one count of aggravated battery, and two counts of battery by means of a deadly weapon. He also will face the Habitual Offender charge.
By Dave Pearce
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