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Indiana Prosecutor Accused of Drunkenly Pointing Gun at Roommate During Argument Over Dirty Kitchen Sink

Indiana Prosecutor Accused of Pointing Gun at Roommate While Drunk
Source: Delaware County Sheriff’s Office; Unsplash

Jesse Blanton was home after an alleged night out of drinking and got upset with his roommate over a dirty sink, police said.

Apr. 12 2024, Published 1:01 p.m. ET

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A prosecutor in Indiana has been arrested after officials say he pointed a gun at his roommate during a drunken fight over a dirty sink.

Around 4 a.m. on April 5, officers were called to an apartment in Muncie and spoke with the roommate of 41-year-old Jesse Blanton, according to court documents obtained by WXIN.

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The roommate told police that he had gotten up to get water from the kitchen when he saw Blanton sitting in the living room.

He reportedly said Blanton had returned from a night out and was “obviously intoxicated” and agitated.

Blanton, a deputy prosecuting attorney, then allegedly confronted the roommate “about the sink being dirty.” The roommate said he was “nervous” and tried to put the argument off until the next day because Blanton was clearly drunk, but Blanton didn’t let it go, officials said.

The roommate told police that Blanton followed him down a hallway to his room, but then went to his own room, grabbed a handgun and started pointing it at him.

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Officers reportedly found a gun and ammo in Blanton’s bedroom. When speaking with Blanton, officers said he had an odor of alcohol and bloodshot eyes.

Blanton was arrested and charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and pointing a firearm, authorities said.

He was booked into the Delaware County Jail but was released the same night after posting a $10,000 bond.

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Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Hoffman told WXIN that he asked the court to appoint a special prosecutor in the case “to review whether and what charges should be filed.”

Hoffman said he would be reviewing the case and making a final determination about Blanton’s employment in the coming days, but he is not in the office currently.


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