Domestic battery incident ends with suspect being shot by victim


GREENFIELD — An Indianapolis man who law enforcement believe was involved in a domestic battery incident in Greenfield ended up getting shot in the arm by the woman he was battering. The incident happened early Wednesday morning, according to officials from the Greenfield Police Department (GPD).

Heriberto Guzman Mendez, 44, 3800 block of Roadwood Drive, is now sitting in the Hancock County Jail where he is facing preliminary charges of invasion of privacy and domestic battery with prior unrelated convictions.

Greenfield Police Department detectives are continuing to piece together the facts related to the shooting, which officials say occurred just before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, officials with the GPD said in a release.

Mendez was shot in the arm during a battery incident by a woman who was inside a vehicle, police say. Officials noted the woman and Mendez were inside a moving vehicle on Melody Lane, which is located near the Kroger grocery store, 1571 N. State Street, when the shooting occurred.

Officials say the woman was somehow able to reach her firearm and fired at least one shot at Mendez during the incident, striking him in the arm. She was then able to get away from him and drove to a local hotel.

Officials with the GPD noted the woman did have an official protective order in place at the time of the incident, protecting her from Mendez.

As for Mendez, he was treated at the scene by officials from the GPD until official EMS personnel from the Greenfield Fire Territory arrived. Mendez was then taken to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment but was released shortly after. He was then officially arrested.

Mendez was transported to the Hancock County Jail where he awaits an initial hearing which is tentatively set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday. As for the official charges, the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office will review a probable cause affidavit and file the appropriate charges, official said.